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Of the 

Sup reme Mysteries 


N A T 11 R E. 

A The Spirits of the Planets. 
^Occult Philofophy. 

The Magical, Sympathetical, 
and Antipathetical Cure 
of W ounds and Difeafes. 

The Myft eries of the twelve 
SIGNS of the Z o d i- 

a c K. 

Englifhed by ^ Turner ^ 

London , Printed by J. for N, Brooks and 
J* Harifon ; and are to be fold at their (hops 

at the Angel in Cornhil , and the holy Lamb 
ncer the Eaft end of Pauls* 1656. 

♦'* #; * 

To the Reader. 

■ j Courteous Reader, 

I Nthislaft Iron age , ignorance hath fo much pre~ 
vailedythat many have^and yet do plead for it , and 
Jlrtve to uphold tty crying down all Arts , and endea- 
vouring to hood-winkfknowledge 5 fo that nothing hut 
the feces and dreggs of Art feems to remain : fo that 
they feem but (hadowsy if compared with that prijline 
; learning of the e Ancients . fVhat golden Legends 
formerly fourifhed among the Hebrew?, and J&g yp- 
tians, and are now even almofl all loft in Oblivionf 
But hecaufe Babels confufion is one great reafon of 
the decay of Sciencesywhich are not in every Mother- 
tongue underflood , and the difpofitien of moft people 
I of our times is to breed their children up better fed 

then taught y their conditions are rather to pour into 
the earthy Unde efifodiuntur opes irritamenta ma» 
lorum ;then to loo ^Heavenwards with that Os fob- 
lime wherewitbthey were created : which the c J?oet 
' tells of y .Ovid met. 

Os homini fublime dedit codnmque vidcrl juf- 
fit, &c. 

it. . ■ 

Whereas all beafls look down with Groveling eye. 

To man God gave looks mixt withMajefty, 

1 § • And will’d him wi li bold face to view the Sky, 

A 4 And 


T o the Reader. f 

&/fnd therefore I prelent the ingenious Reader 0 
With a part of the Worlds of the renowned Parted- 0 
fus of the fecrets of Alchymj'pcmk Philo fophy , and fa 
the wonderfull operational the ( cleft ial bodyesy in ^ 
curing difeafes by fgils and charartersynade and ap- 
plied in fit elected times and feafons , and under their 
proper confutations 9 as the Author hath directed, Ci 
J mufi expert the fottijh Malignant cenfures of Zoy- 
lus and MomuSyW Juch fools : but the Author him - b) 
felfin his Prologue in the en fling difcourfe^fuffcienU cc 
ly cleares all objections. >and therefore / jhaH fave that ni 
labour y onely l would have fuch men not be fo wilful * of 
ly ign or ant yss altogether to forget, that the Heavens th 
declare the glory of God 5 and the Firmament (heweth wt 
his handyworfe, Indeed Mechanicks and Empi- p St 
ricks do abufe all Arts : One Mountebank ratles kn 
in verfe againfi Afro logy , and impudently calls the vt 
profejfors thereof cheaters , ( Sed feipfum intueri o- th 
portet ) and gives this to be his onely reafon y that a fo 
fools bolt is foon [hot j and that he endeavoured to is \ 
vil fie that Artybecaufe he was altogether ignorant of Ur. 
ithimfelf \ and would gladly learn if, but he knew of 
tot how nor which way to begin : another ( and too ere 
many fuch render the An vile ) Poetises upon the Art bet 
of Afiro logic , and pretends to cure all difeafes and wh 
know all things by it 5 and indeed knows nothing ■ gUi 
fuch are a great Scandal to the excellency of fuch cor 
Sciences : Sed non loqu or fluids. This tranfiation the 
is rend', red rather Grammatically then Sentent tally, end 
according to the Authors ownphrafe: fhortly expel} gel 
(Deo volente) the other parts tereof^and fome com • am 
men's on this and them , tog ther with the famous art goo, 
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To the Reader. 

own Language ; and perhaps the Occult Dhilofophy 
°f Agnppa digefled into a plainer method, this fly ou/d 
have been now inlarged, but prefens Status noftcr 
is the reafony and the excufe the fame as Ovid*s : 
Nubila iuot fubitis tempora noftra maiis. 

It is the Gener al opinion of mofl ignorant people , to 
count all things that are above their Vulgar appre- 
henfons , to be diabolically and meerly brought to pafs 
by the works of the Devil : and under that notion they 
conclude all the fecret and Magnetickjoperation s of 
nature, and thereby rob God the creator of all things , 
of that glory that is due unto him onely , and attribute 
the fame to the ‘Devil , the enemy to God and all the 
world: I (hall therefore here take occafion to tell fuch 
people (becaufe their Priefls, that fhould teach them 
knowledge y either cannot or elfe will not ) what the De- 
•Vtl is. As in the Microcofmus or little world Man , 
the Soul ts the befi part,and the excrements the worfi; 
fo tn the great world, as the Univerfal creating flpirit 
is t>ic bcft part, fo is the Devil the excrement of that 
Univerfal Sptrityand the abjett and Capur moftuum 
of the world ; and the poorefl and mofl wretched of all 
created beings: And that vs or he th a great Antipathy 
between him and us, and the bleffed holy An q els 
who are our governors and Protettorsyand continual 
guardiansyand are continually employed about us , ac- 
cording to their orders and minifleries appointed 
them by the mofl High : although the Devil always 
endeavoureth to imitate and counterfeit the <rood An- 
gel , and thereby deceiveth many whofe wickedne fs 
and malice funs with his nature , and at which the 
good Angel being grieved , leaves- them ; and ma* y 
times for the wicl(cdnefs of [ me D erf on or Family ,th* 

To the Reader. 

good Angel ctirfes fuch a per fan and family , or houfe\ 
then the wicked Spirit haunts fuch houfes, affright' 
ing the people with many fearful apparitions ; neither 
can that houfe he quiet , nor any fuch perfon • neither 
jhall any of the Generation of any fuch family profper 
unliH that curfe he expiated, and the angry Angel ap- 

peafed ; as this Author will tell you, and woful 

A Studio Divinsc 
Conte mplationis , 
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perience daily (hews : how frequently, and familiar* 
ly did thofe hleffed Angels viftbly communicate with 
the holy men and Magicians of old / though now fuch 
is the wickednefs of our age, that they have almejl 
quit e forfaken us : although they are alwajes prefer A 
about m, though inv i ft b le J admin ftr ing to us accord • W 
ing to the orders given unto them from the feconi S 
Hierarchy, who receive the fame from the fir ft Hit • 
rarchy , who always attend before the Throne of the 
divine Maj eft y, offer ing up the prayers of the Saints \ 

&c . If any one account this fuperftition , I hope I W 
jhall never he of the Number of thofe vshofor fear o\ O 
bang fuperfttticus , have reformed themfclves ani L, 
hunted Religion till they have loft the fent of it, inti H 
sneer Atheifm and profane fs. Rut left I ftoould di * 
greffe Ultra Crepidam 5 ^W make agate bigger then 
the City , I will here conclude my fclfi Effe idem qui 



In Commendation of his Friend’s 
fl, Tranflation. 

" V -Tfc- 
" ; * 

T Errice-welcomeP&tZCt\fa$,moft renown 'd 
Hermeticl^ and c Philofopher by fire , 

Now in an Englifh garb thou comeft crown* d. 

What need we for our ChymiSiry foar higher ? 

Since thou reveal* ft with thy Prophetick Pen , 
t/LlPs needful to be kyown by th* Sons of Men . 

And thouyny noble Friendywho thus haft dr eft 
Him in our Engl.jh Fafhion , doft deferve. 

With Laurel to be crowned with the reft 
Of thofe who dayly do Urania ferve. {fret. 

Let wry -mou Joed Cynrc^s, prate, preach, foam , and 
Hermes true Sons will not thy love forget. 

Fare ever well , fo ever wifhes he 

Who is more yours, then he can fetm to be. 


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An Encomium upon his Friend th< 
T ranfla t or's elaborate pains. 

F Lj Galen hencey Hippocrates begone ; 

1 willprefierve my choice : this is that Onc y 
Whofe true Elixir doth preferve the frame 
Of CMans frail Nature y vivifies thejame ; 

Ey heavenly conjlellated Medicine y 
Which vulgar s count but Drofisy 1 count Divine, ; 
Let Zoil’s and Momus ’s intoxicated brains 
Difiraife the Author V works } Tranflator *s pains 
Pllfofiery cherifh with undaunted part 
This true f iblime Spagyricl ^ noble nArt. 

Proceed then y Friendy make all [peakEnghfh : vil 
Should we be barr’d our Native Liberty 

W. Ryves, 

T hilomtdicui* 



The Contents of this Book. 


O F ( impleFire • 

pag, 1,2 



Multiplic ity of V ire, 1 5 

Variety of Metals , 3 ,4 

The Metals of the ‘ Vianet s , ibid. 

The fuhftance of Metals . 4 

7 he Spirit of the Sun. 4, 5 

The Body of Mercury. 5 

The Spirit of the Moon. 6 

Of the Spirit of Venus, 7,S 

The Spirit of Mats. 9 

Of the Spirit of J upiter. I o 

Of the Spirit of Saturn. 1 1 

Of the grofi Spirit of Mercury. 22,13: 

Of TinBures how they are wade, 1 4,1 5 

b * wl ^ he Conjunction of Male and Female, 1 5,1 6 

1 To form of the glafi Infir uments, 16 

The properties of the Fire . 1 7 

Signs of the (fonjunBion united . T 8,1 9 

To know the perfeB TinBure, 1 5? ,2 © 

To multiply the TinBures, 2 o 

To make the Furnace, 2 1 

To place the Fire, 2 2 

Of the ConjtinBion of Male and Female . 2 3 

Of their Copulation, 24 

Of thePhilofophicalConjunB • 0/ d" woman, 24 
O/ the hlackTinBure. 25 

'j'h Buds appearing in the CUf, 25,26 

Of the red Colour, 2 6 




The Contents. 

To multiply the TinSluref 
Of Occult Philofophq. 

Of f'oufecrations. 

Of -Ceremonies Magical. 

Of Conjurations, 

Of Charatters. 
O/Pemagon and Hexagon. 

r u 

The power thereof. 

27,4 ft 


" 34 > 3 S K 

36 > 37 ) 38>35 f 


thereof. 42,45 J 

SuperhaturalDifeafes mufi have fupernatural Cures , <J, 

rrr • 44 *^ 6 / 

r tjiotos and Dreams. 45,46 

Dreams natural and fupernatural. 47,4s ^ 

Of Spirits and P erfons wandring under the earthy CTtl 

Of Pygmies , what they are. 51,52 £/' 

What places the terreneSpirits domofr fr'equent .’f 5,54 / 

Several Opinions of them. 5 5 , 5 6 V* 

That they are fubjetl to deaths 57 

D ,? vil feems to imitate the terrene S pirits, 58-59 ■ 

Of Imagination. 

The power thereof. 

Examples thereof, 
jdn OhjeElion anfwered. 

Of hidden treafure. 

Of Spirits frequenting fuch places. 

The manner of obtaining fuch treaf tires. 
How the Spirits change the treafure 
How they remove it. 

Of fuch as are pojfeffed of evil Spirits, 

6 i°f. 

6 To l 

How to deliver them that are fo pcffefr, 
^he abtife tn fitch cajes yrafclifgd* 
t he appearance of Spirit si 

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7 il ( Hm *£ ate them away, 

20 Theabufe of Magic f. 

J The purity thereof . 

4 ? 5 Prefervatives againfi Witchcraft . 

8 1 \ Ptnages made by Witches . 

° 40 S° W th V a Ptt men therewith. 

- ■ - mamer °f helping perfons bewitched. 

41 T , — r ,r 6 f v, j vw ^ 

Mi fff e f ence 4 Egyptians herein. 

'am, Zf't m rf' r l °f th * twelve Signs. 
4,4; Z~f Venue of Charatlers and Seals. 
‘ , VJ Words. 

^ g Cflefljal Medicines . 

1% foamonerufs of, he head. 

I fatting Evil. 

5 5 To preft ?rve the fight. 


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IOI, 102 

I02jI0^jl 04 

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II I. 

K \ I Againfi drjnefi in the brain. 

5 5 * Againfi the Pal fey. 

Againfi. theStone and Sand inthe%eins. 

61 Of the members of generation. 1 1 3,1 14 

, , ,, Jf freferve herfes found. . J 

*6 fix. ll™ T *‘ het J e ? 1 °1”ttnent. 1 1 7’ 1 1 8 

The Weapon-Salve. 
Againfi the Gom. 

T 6b Agatn(l ContraBttres. 

J -> 6 1 For Womens terms. 

6 *F or the menfirne. 
bfFor the Leprofie. 
l yl l F or the Vertigo. 

IVF or the Cramp. 

• °f the hem - 

> ,7 6 Of 1 of Cor alto prepare. 

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1315132, 133, j^4 

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The Contents. 

Of ruptures of Bones. 

The my fiery of the twelve Signs. 
The Seal of Aries. 

! The Seal of T auras. 

'The Seal of Gemini. 

The Seal of Cancer. 

The Seal of Leo. 

Virgo, and its Seal, 

The Seal of Libra. 

Of Scorpio. 

Sigictary. ' 

The Seal of Capricorn. 

Of Aquary. 

The Seal of Pifces. 

Secrets of Nature to defir oy Mice. 
To preferve Sheep . 

For Oxen and Horfes. 

To defiroy F lyes. 


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To be fold by N. Brook. at the Angel in Cornhilfou 
A Romance called Tke Imperious Broihwx. 

and The Illufirbus Shtpherdefs . tor 

Wit and Drollery : with other Jotiboc 
Poems. the 




the Name of the Lord 
Jefus Chrift our Savi- 
our, we will enterprize 
this Work $ wherein 
we (hall not only teach 
how to change any in- 
*f feriour Metal into bet- 

ter 9 as Iron into Copper, this into Silver, 
md that into Goldie, but alfo to help all 
firmities, whofecure to the opinionated 
and prefumptuous Phyfitians , doth feem 
impoflible : But that which is greater, to 
prefer ve , and keep mortal men to a long, 
tmhil, found and per fed Age. This ART 
Mth was by our Lord God the Supream Crea- 
tor , ingraven as it were in a book in 
Jotibody of Metals, from the beginning w 
the Creation 5 that we might diligently 
them. Therefore when any 
B mm 

The Trologuc^. 

man defireth throughly and perfe&Iy to 
learn this Art from its true foundation , i( 
will be neceffary that he learn the fame 
from the Matter thereof, to wit, from 
God , who hath created all things 3 and 
onely knoweth whaf Nature and Proprie 
tyhe himfelf hath placed in every Crea 
ture« Wherefore he is able to teach e 
very one certainly and perfectly j am t 
from him we may learn abfolutely , as fit 
hath fpoken , faying , of me ye JhaS lew ( 
all things : for there is nothing found if 
Heaven nor in Earth fo fecret, whofe pro t 
perties he psreeivech not, and aioft exad 
ly knoweth and feeth , who hath create < 
all things. We will therefore take him ti £ 
be our Matter, Operator, and Leader int ^ 
this moft true Art. We will therefore imi t ] 
tate him alone, and through him learn an 0 
attain to the knowledge of thatNatun t j 
which he himfelf with his own finger hat & 
engraven and inscribed in the bodiesc 0] 
thefe Metals. Hereby it will come to pal er 
that the moft high Lord God (hall blefsa y ( 
the Creatures unto us, and fhall fan&ifi bt 
all our Wayes 5 fo that in this Work r 
may be able to bring our Beginning toil us 
defired End, and the Confequencc therec ^ 

1 foe 'rmoMLj< 

^ eo 
f> « 

a me 
is ht 
id it 


■ int 
i an 

■ hat 

to produce exceeding great Joy and Love 
in our Hearn. 

But if any one toll follow his owft 
onely Opinion, he will not onely greatly 
deceive himfelf* but aSfo all others who 
cleave and adhere thereunto $ and (hall 
bring them unto lofs. For mankinde is 
certainly born in ignorance, fo that he can 
neither know nor underftand any thing of 
himfelf y but onely that which he receiv- 
eth from God, and underttandeth from 
Nature, He which learneth nothing from 
thefe, is like the Heathen Matters and Phi- 
lofophers, who follow the Subtilcies and 
Crafts of their own Inventions and Opi- 
nions, fuch as are ^4rlttotle , Hippocrates t 
K^Av'tctnna^ G alien > &c. who grounded all 
their ARTS upon their own Opinions 
onely. And if at any time they learned any 
thing from Nature, they deftroyed it a? 
gain with their own Phantafies , Dreams, 
dr Inventions , before they came to the 
end thereof , fo that by them and their 
Followers there is nothing perfect at all to 
be found. 

This therefore hath moved and induced 

t01! us hereunto, to write a peculiar book of 
ereC Alchymy, founded not upon men, hue 

The Trologucf. 

upon Nature it (elf a and upon thofe V«t« 
cues and Powers, which GOD with his 
own Finger hath impreffed in Metals. 
Of this im predion Mercurim Trtfmegitttu 
was an Imitator, who is not undefervedly 
called the Father of all Wife- men, and of 
all thofe that followed this ART with 
love , and with earned: defire $ and that 
man demondrateth and teacheth, that 
God alone is the onely author , caufe and i 
Original of all creatures in this ART. * 
But he doth not attribute the power and 
virtue of God, to the creatures orvifible 
things, as the (aid heathen , and fuch-like 
did. Now feeing all A R T ought to be 
learned from the T rinity^that is, from God - 
the Father , from God the Son of God, 
our Saviour Jefus Chrift, and from God 
the holy Ghoft, three diftind perfons, but 
one God : We will therefore divide this 
our Alchymidical worke into three parts , % 
or T reatifes : in the firft whereof, we will fj 
lay down what the ART containeth in it i 
fdf 5 And what is the propriety and na« 1 
ture of every Metal : Secondly, by what d 
means a man may worke and bring the like J 
1 owers and ftrength of Metals to effe& 1 
And thirdly, what Tindlures are to be pro* 
duced from the Sun and Moone. Pd- liv< 

Of the Secrets of Alchymy- 

Difcovered, in the Nature of the 


Of fimpleFire* 

, N the firft place, we dial 1 en- 
deavour and undertake 
to declare, what this Arc 
comprehendeth,and what 
is the fubje& thereof ; and 
what are its proprieties. 
The prime and chief 
fubje& to this Art belong- 
ing, is fire; which always 
liveth in one and the fame propriety and o- 

B 3 * pera- 

% Paracelfus of the 

peration ; neither can it receive life from any 

thing elfe. Wherefore it hath a condition and 

power , as all fires that lie hid in fecret things, 
have, of vivification,no otherwife then the Sun is 
appointed of God, which heateth ail the things of 
theworld,bothfecret,apparent 8tmanifeftjas the Of 
Spheres of Mars^S aturnf^enm^ Jupiter^ Mercury ^ 
and Lma<i which can give no other light but what 
they borrow from the Sun , for they are dead of 
themfelves.Neverthelefs,when they are kindled, * 
as above is fpoken, they worke and operate ao to 
cording to their properties. But the Sun himfelf cau * 
receiveth his light from no other but from God t ^ iat 
himfelf, who ruleth him by himtelf , fo that he ^ er 
burneth and Ihineth in him. It is no otherwife 10 ^ 
in this art. The fire in the furnace is compared anot 
to the Sun, which heateth the furnace and the r ^ e 
veffels,astheSun in the great world ; for evei rent 
as nothing can be brought forth in the world * ror 
without the Sun, fo likewife in this Art nothin" t0 v 
can be produced withot|t this Simple fire; no 
operation can be made without it : it is the t0e ) 
greateft fecret of this Art ; comprehending all toei 
things which are comprehended therein, neithei °? eE 
can it be comprehended in any elfe ; for it a toe 
bideth by it felfs it lacketh nothing; but othei P 1 - oc 
things which want that, do injoy it , and have toer 
life from it ; wherefore we have in the firft place ao 01 
undertooke to declare it. 







s of 

the multiplicity of fire 7 from which varieties of 

u r ^ Met alls do arife . 


d of have firft written of fimple fire which liv- 
led, 4 eth andiubfifteth of it felf : now we come 
ac* .to fpeake of a manifold lpiric or fire, which is the 
if e j| caufe of variety and diverfity of creatures, fo 
^ 0( jthat there cannot one be found right like ano- 
t jj C ther,and the fame in every part; as it may be feen 
w jf c in Metals, of which there is none which hath 
lre <j another like it felf : the Sun produceth his gold 5 
t ^the CMoon produceth another Metal far diffe- 
;veI rent, to wit, filver ; t Mars another, that is to fay, 
or j(jlronj Jupiter produceth another kind of Metal, 
hin« to wit, Tin ; Venus another, which is Copper;and 
. n J Saturn another kind, that is to fay,Lead: fothat 
’ t h e they are all unlike, andleveral one from ano- 
y al l ^ er : th e fameappeareth to be as well amongft 
thct men as all other creatures, the caufe whereof is 
it j, the multiplicity of fire. ^ As by fome heat is 
thei F r °du ce d a mean generation by the corruption 
h av e hereof ; thewafhingof the Sea another, Afhes 
dace an °ther, Sand another , Flame of fire another* 
and another of Coales, &c. This variety of 
creatures is not made of the firftfimple fire, but 
har °^ t ^ e re gtment of elements, which is various ; 
'not from the Sun, but from the courfe of the 
ieven Planets. And this is the reafon that the 

B 4 world 

i aracellus of the 

4 - 

world containeth nothing of fimilitude in i tf c 
individuals : for as the heat is altered and chang fi 
ed every hour and minute;fo alfo all other thing; 0 
are varyed : for the tranfmutation of the fire \ tl 
made in the elements, in which bodies it is b rr 
printed by this fire. Where there is no greai n 
mixture of the elements, the Sun bringeth forth it 
where it is a little more thicke, the c Mow, fc 
where more grofs, V min ; and thus accord ing t( 01 
thediverfity of mixtures, are produced diver th 
Metals ; lb that no Metal appeareth in the fanii tr: 
mine like another. It is therefore to be knowit vii 
that this variety of Metals is made of the mixtuii w 
of the Elements, becaufe that their ipirits are al St 
fo found divers and without fimilitude ; whichi ca 
they were brought forth from the fimplefire,thej it 
would be fo like , that one could not be know is 
from another: but the manifold variety of form! thi 
interceding , hath introduced the fame amons Ju 
the creatures. From this it may eafily be gather frc 
ed, why fo many and fo various forms of Metals cai 
are found, and wherefore there is none like us- thi 

N Qw we come to the fpirits of the Planets per 
or Metals. The Ipirit or tin$ure of the Sm wo 
raketh its beginning from a pure, iubtil, and per- anc 
•rea hrej whereby it cometh to pais, that it far ex- ana 

to another, 


Chap. III. 

Of the fpirit or tinBure of G. 





celled dec 

Secrets of <iA Ichymy. 5 

in it! eelleth all other ipirits and tin&ures of Metals': 
hang, for it remaineth conftantly fixed in the fire , out 
hingt of which it flyeth not ; neither is it confumed 
ire j thereby, much lefs burnt , but rather appeareth 
is ini' more cleere, faire and pure by it ; alfo no heat 
greai nor cold can hurt it , nor no other accident, as 
orth in the other fpirics or tin&ures of Metals : and 
Woon\ for this caule , the body which it once putteth 
ng ti on, it defendeth from all accidents an d dileaies, 
liver that it may be able to fuftain the fire without de- 
' fami triment. This body hath not this power and 
ovvii virtue in it felf, but from the fpirit of the Sun 
ixturt which is included therein : for we know that the 
re al' Sun is the body of Mercury , and that this body 
fichi cannot fuftain nor fuffer this fire, but flyeth from 
:,thej k ; when as it doth not fly from the fire when it 
now is in the Sun, but remaineth conftant and fixed 
brnii therein. This affordeth unto us a moft certain 
non; Judgement , that it receiveth fuch a conftancy 
thcr from his fpirit or tin&ure: wherefore if that fpirit 
[etal can be in this c Mercury, every one may jud^e 
e un- that it may worke the fame in the bodies of 
men , when it is received of them ; as we 
■ have fufficiently fpoken in our Chimr- 

thetinaure of the Sun, that it will not 
onely reftore and preferve them that ufe it, from 
infirmities , but alio preferve them to found and 
long life. In like manner, the ftrength & virtues of . 
all other Metals are to be known from true ex- 
met! perience, not from the wifdom of menand of the 
: Sm world, which is foolilhnefs withGod & his truth; 

! per- and all thofe who do build upon that wii'dom, 
rex- andrepofe their hope thereupon are milerably 
lied deceived. C u ar : 


Chap. IV. 

Of the tintlure and Spirit of the D* 

' Aving now ipoken of the tin&ure of theS##, ^ 
L it remaineth that we come now to fpeak ofwj 
the tin&ure of the tJhUon, and of the white tin-^ c 
6fure, which is alfo created of a perfed fpiric )rev 
but lefs perfed then the lpirit of the Sum. 
vertheleis it excelleth the tindures of all other j- Q 
Metals following, both in purity & fubtilty; which 
is very well known to all that treat of the Moon, f or 
and alio to Ruflicks: for it fuffereth not rufl, net- c h e 
their is it confumed by the fire ; as ail other * 
Metals, as Saturn, which fly from the fire ; but 
this doth not : from whence it may be gathered, 
that this tindure is far more excellent then the 
other following, for it preferveth its body that 
it aflumeth conflantly in the fire, without any 
accident or detriment : and from hence it is fuf* 
ficiently manifeft , if this in his own corruptible XX 
body by himfelf maketh tJMercury , what will it 
be able to effed,being extraded from it felf into fpe; 
another body ? will not that alfo fave and defend Grt 
from infirmities and accidents after the famewhi 
manner ? Yes purely, if it make this (JWercurj in ft an 
its own body, it will do the fame in the bodies offubl 
men : neither doth it onely preferve health, lon< 
but caufeth long life, and cureth difeales and in-or c 
firmities , even in thofe who fubfift beyondAlfc 


deems or Jlchymy. 

the ordinary courfe of nature : for the more 
high,fubtile and perfedfc the medicine is, fo much 
the better and more perfe&ly it cureth ; where* 
fore they are Ignorant Phyfitians , who pradfice 
their Art onely upon vegetables , as herbs and 
fuch-like things, which are eafily corrupted: and 
by thefe , they endeaour to effedl & bring to pafs 
*#>fuch workes as arefirmeand liable ; but in vain, 
^yvhenas they occupy the Aire. But wherefore 
“Hpould we ipeake much concerning thefe ? They 
rlt > never learned any better things in their Univer- 
fities : therefore if they have been compelled lo 
^ er to learn and ftudy from their beginning , they 
think it a great difgrace to them to do otherwise 
^jforthe future : whereby it comes to pafs, that 
iei* they ftill continue in their old Ignorance. 




the Chap.V. 


any Of the fpirit of 2- 

luf . i 

ible VX7E have even now made mention of a white 
11 it * " fpirit, or candid tindlure : now we come to 
into fjpeake of a Red fpirit, which is derived out of a 
end Grofs Elementary mixture of the fuperiours , to 
ame which alfo it is joyned,& is of a more perfedt fub- 
■j in fiance, then the fpirits and tindlures of the other 
:s offubfequent Metals , becaufe it endureth the fire 
Irh, longer then the other, and is notfo foon melted 
[ in-or diflolved as the other fpirits which follow. 
ondAlfo the ayre, and the humidity of the fire, are 
the not 

Paraccllus of the 


not fonocent unto it, as unto Mars; by rcafc 
whereof, it doth the longer endure the fire. Th - 
power and property hath Venus , that is his bod 
from the fpirit that is infufed into it. Nowtl 
lame effe& that it worketh in its own body, th 
is^n Venus^the. lame effe&s it alfo produeth intt 
bodies of men, fo far forth as nature hathgrantw^ 
unto it ; for it prefervech wounds in fuch manm 
fo that no accident can invade them, northeAom! 
or water hurt them ; and expelleth all fu^iric 
difeafes as are under the degree thereof. Tt| uec i 
fpirit alfo breaketh the bodies of Metals, fo t%l s . 
they will endure the hammer ; and alfo in 
' bodies of men , when it is taken of them w%u C t 
whom it agreeth nor, it eflfe&eth things not cohat i 
venient. Wherefore it is very necelfary, that tire, j 
P hyfitian that defires to make ufe of thefe lpirifie S 
be very expert in the knowledge of Metafieft 
Therefore it is far better to ufe the more perfe; exc 
fpirits, which may be taken without any funferi 
feare of danger: neverthelefs, feeing the fpiriiibft: 
of the Sun and c Moon are dear and precious, Woon 
that every one is not able to accomplifh them, is fa 
perform cures with , therefore every one mnerej 
take according to his ability, what he isabiatii 
to attain unto : alio every one is not fo wealtbpat i: 
that he can be able to prepare thefe medicines tak< 
therefore he is forced to take fuch as he can haw affli 
Every one may from hence eafily gather, that tfefs, v 
Metallike medicines do far exceed vegetablach z 
and Animals in ftrength and power of curing aund n 
healing. And thus-much of the fpirit of Venus, i not 

. Cha|t lefil 

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,Ti — < 

W Chap. VI. 


> ^ Of the Spirit of £• 


•aniMpHat we may now come to fpeake of the Spi» 
mJL rit of Marty that is of a more Grofs ai^d 
le Aombuftible mixture of Elements, then the oihei 
'■ spirits going before ; but the Spirit of Mars is en- 
dued with a greater hardnefs then the other Me- 
p ^als; fo that it doth not fo eafily melt and diffolve 
to fa the fire , as the other following. But itfuffers 
wbuch hurt both by the water and the Aire , fo 
r - cohat it is confumed by them, and is burnt with the 
attire, as experience makes appeare : Wherefore 
piribe Spirit thereof is more imperfeft then any of 
etahe fuperiour fpiritsibut in hardnefs and drynefs 
erfe* exceedeth all other Metals, both fuperiour and 
; fiiferiour : for it doth not onely retain a pcrfefl 
pi nab ftance, and refift the hammer, as the Sun and 
»us,l/^»,but alfo as thofe which are within it felf, 
:m,s Jupiter and Satum y and the like. Whereas 
miierefore it thus worketh in Metals , it (heweth 
; abiat it hath the fame effe£fc in the bodies of men, 
iltbnat is,it produceth relu£fcancy;efpeciaily where it 
incs taken for a difeafc not convenient, it grievouf- 
haw affli&eth the members with pain. Never the- 
it tfefs, when it is taken and applyed for wounds, 
ablach as do not exceed its own degree, it cleanfeth 
g annd naundifieth them, &c. Wherefore this fpirit 
tu , ! not much lefs in power and virtue then one of 
;ha{d e fuperiour s, in thofe things for which it was 
y God and Nature ordained. Chap. 


Paracelfus of the 

Chap. VI 1* 


Of the Spirit of If. 

O F thefpiritof Jupiter^ we are to know, t 1 
it is derived of a white and pale fubftance J 
fire; but it is of a frangible and brittle nature,! m< 
enduring the hammer, fo as Mar s: wherefore ii 
a brittle Metal : an example thereof appears, W 
it be mixed with the CMoon , it can hardly du 
wrought to its firft malleation, without great ref 
bour: the fame effe&ithath in all other Meti to 
except in Saturn onely. And the fame ope rati hat 
which it hath in the bodies of metals , it t ant 
produceth the fame effects in humane bodies;! mi: 
burneth &corrodeth the members, hindring th car 
from their own perfect operations, thereby d anc 
bling them form performing the work which ulc 
ture requires, & neceffitatesthem unto.Nevert the 
lefs,this fpirit hath in it this virture, that it t put 
eth away the ulcers of cancers, fittula’s and fi if it 
like, efpecially fuch as exceed not the degree the 
its nature which God and Nature have gii it> < 
unto it; and 



Of the Spirit of 1? * 

V) t! *TpHc Spirit of Saturn is formed and created of 
nice -I a dry, cold and blacke mixture of the Elc- 
ire,i ments; whereby it comes to pafs, that amongft 
>reii all other Metals , itendureth leaft in the fire t 
irs, Whereas the Sun and CMoon are proved to be 
dly durable : if Saturn be added to them, it clearly 
eat refineth them; neverthelefs the nature thereof is 
4eti to diminifh their hardnefs.The lame operation it 
:raii hath in the bodies of men , but with great pain 
it j and dolour, as Jupiter and Mars , by reaion of the 
;s$j mixture that it hath with the cold,' wherefore ic 
gth cannot fo mildly operate.But it hath great power 
>y d : and vertue in the cures of fiftula's , cancers and 
ich ulcers, which are under the degree and nature 
/erd. thereof: it expelleth outward difeafes , and the 
it t outward impurities of the c Moon. Neverthelefs 
d fi if it be not carefully applyed, it doth m’ore hurt 
tee then good ; wherefore he that would rightly ufe 
: gii it) ought neceffarily to know the nature thereof, 
and what difeafes it cureth , and may be apply- 
ed unto.- which being neceffarily confidered* 
^ 00 ^ urr follow thereby. 

12, Paracelfus of the 

Chap. I X. 

Of the Grofs S pirit of 

T He Spirit of t^Mercury, which is oneljto 
fubje&ed to the other fuperiour Spirits^ro 
hath no certain determinate form or fub Th 
fiance in it felf : hereby it comes to pafs that iiTr< 
admitteth every other Metal: even as wax receif 
eth the impreflion of all forms of Seales, fo thii 
Elementary Spirit cometh to be compared to tbf 
other Spirits of Metals : for if it receive into i; 
felf the Spirit of the Sun , this (hall be mad 
out of it felfjif theMoonfhe is made out of it felf 
the fame effe£t this Spirit worketh with all th 
other Metals with whom itagreeth,and received . 
their properties into it fejlf: for this caufe,accord||y 
ing to its body, it is appropriated to the othe 
Spirits above written, even as the Male to th 
Female: for the Sun is the body of Mercury , a 
cept onely that the Sun faftneth and fixeth th 

Mercury ;but the common Mercury is inconfian 


and volatile : neverthelefs it is fubje& to all th 
Spirits aforefaid, and generateth again, not one 
ly the metallicke Spirits and tin&ures afof 
Ipoken of, but the Metal it felf, by which tb|jft 
aforenamed tinftures do come into their open 
tion : But if the mean be not obferved,it will b< 
inpoflible ever to bring thofe kind of tin&ure 
to perfection : for if the fire be too high whic! 


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f d vivifie this tinware, it doth extinguifli it, 

that it cannot operate; andthefame efle&is,if 
ic be too weake 2 wherefore in this place it is 
neceflary tobe known what medium is to be ob- 
ferved in this Art, and what are the ftrength and 
properties thereof 5 and alfo after what manner 
it is tobe ordered, and how the tin&ures are 
>nel]to be coloured, and to bring them to a perfect 
iritsjworke , that they may germinate and appeare. 
fub-Thus briefly do we conclude and end our firft 
iat iiTreatife. 

thii The end of the firft Treatife, 


t felf 

l tbi 

ivetJ . 

D till 

; K ! 

1 4. P aracelfus of the 

The fecond Treatife, of the Philofopha 

Mercury , and the medium of Tin&ure$. 

In the frfi Treat tfe we have written of the Spirits at 
Tinttures of Metals , 8cc. ‘Declaring ail tk 
properties and natures , and what every Metal « 
nerateth . /» ^ fecond , ^4// fratf 0/ w J 

ofTinftur esjhat is#f the Philo fophers Me; 
cury ; whereby are made the TinBures and U 
ven of Metals-) in f even Chapters following . 

Chap. I* 

Of what trie TinBures and "Leavens are made $ 

lE Ik T Wofoevcr defireth to have the tin$ui 
\/\/ ^f M^als , he ought to take the Ph 
▼ ▼ lolophers Mercury , & let him cafi xh 
fame into its owncnd,that is, into quick Mercm 
rom whence it proceedethj& herebyit;wil com 
5 °/, \ ^ at Philofophers Mercury (Fall b 
diffol ved m the quick Mercury, and (hall recew 
hs ^ length : fo that the Mercury of the Phiiofo 
phers killeth the quick Mercury , & maketh if f< 
mam fixed in the fi re of the lame exigence witf 
n lelf . for there is the like concordancy becweei 
meie Mercuries, zs is between Male and Female 

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► ^ man and wife 5 for they are both derived of the 
|| grofs fpirits of metals, except that the body of Sol 
remaineth firm 8c fixed in the fire: but the quicke 
Mercury is not fixed ; nevertheiefs they may be 
>het appropriated one to another, as gratae of corn or 
feed are to the earth ; which we will demon- 
ftrate by an example, after this manner: If any 
ts *i one fowe barley, the fame he fhall reape 5 if 
tk wheat or Rye, or any other grain, the fame he 
al i (hall gather, &c.even fo it is in this art; if any one 
lemr f 0W e the Gold of Sol , the fame he reapeth ; 8c of 
Me; the Moon, he (hall gather; and fo alfo of all other 
ki Metals. For this reafon we fay in this place, that 
the Tinftures do fpring out of Mettals,that is, 
out of the Philofophers Mercury , and net from 

the quicke Mercury ; but this produced) the Seed 

which firft conceiveth. 

cup j*p j s fj r ft of neceflary to be known, that the 

if? Mercury of the Philofophers, and the quicke \ 

Mercury , are both to be conjoyned and firmly 

fl uni . te£ * anc ^ fixed together 5 how much there- 

:° °f is to betaken: neither more nor lefs then 

ir {* equal, is to be taken, left it hindreth , or alto- 

W1 gether deftroyeth the whole worke ; For the 

vc ? <ee d is luffocated with fuperfluity, that it cannot 
na t i:.._ 1 •* • . . * « ' , 



Chap. 1 1. 

Of tlx Conjunction of Male and Female , of man and 


C 2 Phi- 

Philofophers Mercury Rut if there be too little 
that it cannot be diffolved into a body, it is alfo 
deftroyed , that it cannot be able to bring ford) 1 
any fruit : wherefore the Artificer ought certainly 5 
to know how much of the one, and the othei x 
ought to be taken, if he would bring chi! \ 
works to its perfe& end ; the Receipt thereof 1 
is this : Take one part to two, or three to four, 
and thou canfi not erre , but ftult attain to thy ~ 
/ defired end. - ; .. n ... \ f 1 

'JTle Materials being thus 
prepared and mixe together, t 
have Glafs-v eflels, of due proportion, and even ? 1 ' 
ficnefs and capacity; neither too great nor too bu 
little, but fit: For if the vellels be too big , th«8° 
Female, that is, the flegme, is difperfed and loft ; on 
whereby it comes to pals that the fee'd cannot ? el 
bring forth : where the veifels are too little, 

i • r rr i ■ • ? 

the growth is fuffocated that it cannot comd to? 0 

fruit, no ctherwilebuc as if feed fhouldbe fowne^J! 
tinder trees or under thornes, fo that it cannot ^ 
hud andfpringup, but perilheth without anyf he 
fruit; therefore no little error may happen by hea 
the veflels ; which being once commitced ) cannot? er 
be any more mended in the lame 
th?r can that worke be perfe&ed 


s alfo m Y good end. Wherefore, note what follows, 
fotii to wit > that V° u take three ounces with the 
■ ainli arJ d four pounds ; fo the proceeding is right, 

othei y° u P relcrve the matter that it- be not 
hii difperied, nor the Phiegme nor the generation 
3 im P ediced>&c. 


Chap. IV. 

0/ f/?<? properties of the fire. 

IX^Hen you have placed the matter in fit vei- 
fels, you (hall carefully keep and maintain 
the natural heat, that the external! heat do not 
July overcome or abound over the internal ; for if the 
mu (| heat be too much, there can be no conjunction 
even m a de> by reafon that the matter is difper^d an 1 
^ too burnt by the vehemency of the heat, loth at no 
t hg g°°d arifeth thereby. Wherefore the middle regl- 
ioft on of the air is by nature ordained between hea- 
mot veB and earth;otherwile th<? Sun and Stars would 
tele burn up c be creatures upon the earth , fo that 
£ toothing could be produced or fpring forth from 
wne^f therefore fo work, that you put fuch an 
P art or defence between the matter and 
any the fire ; after th * s man °er let it be donc,that the 
by beat may not eafily do hurt any wayes , nor dif- 
inot perfe the matter, much - lefs burn it : but if the 
nei* re b e t0 ° little,and not quick enough jthe Spirit 
: n othing operating upon its 

any humidity; neither will it be exficcated nor fixed : 

C 3 ^ for 

i8 Paracclfus of the 

for the Spirits of Metals are dead of themfelves « 
and do reft, fo that they cannot at all operate o v 
thetnfelveSjUnlefs they are quickned by the fin P 
ft is no otherwife in the great Univerfe of tb v 
world, where feed being call into the earth, i d 
dead, and cannot grow nor increafe of it lei * s 
unlefs it be quickned by the heat of the Sun ; I a < 
is chiefly neceflary therefore in this worke, t w 
ere& and build the fire right and proportioi ^ 
ably , neither too great nor too little; othei 
wile this worke will never be brought to a pe °* 
fe& and de/ired end. m 

/ cs 


- — — — — — >, fn 


Chap. V. 


Of the Signes appearing in the union of Cwjwtttm he 


‘T'He fire being moderately kept & maintains « 
* the matter by little and little will be mov a 1 

to blacknels $ afterwards, when the drynefs 1 cc 
sins to worke upon the humidity , there vf 


„ - - -p- J J " 

likewife arifein the Glafs, various flowers ea 
divers colours, fuch as appeare like the taileo 
Peacocke, and fuch as no man ever faw befoi - 
Alfofomtimesthe Glafs appeareth as if it wc 
aimoft drawn into Gold ; which being perceive 
it fheweth certainly that the feed of the Mi 
doth rule and operate upon the feed of the 1 
male, and that the fame is fixed together j tl t ^ 
is, this Mercury is fi xed and worketh upon t ! I 
quick Mercury, and begin neth to be mixed wi 

Secrets of Alchymy. ip 

“Ivesjit: afterward.-;, when the humidity begins to 
te c weare away by the drynefs,thoie colours do dif- 
efin perfe, and the matter then beginneth at length 
>f tb t° wax white,and fo proceedeth until it come to 
t h, i the highett degree of whitenefs. But efpecially it 
• f c | is to be noted, that the thing is not to be hallened, 
0 . ] according to their opinions who fuppofefuch 
t work to be like unto that which is difcerned in 
rtioi produ&ion of corn, and of mankind ; to wit, 
Dthei r ^ me of bringing forth the one, is in the Space 
i p e of nine moneths ; the other, ten ,or twelve 
moneths. For fo foon the Sun and Moon do 
caufe Maturity, and bring to the birth, as the in- 
fant from the belly of his Mothers fo the grain 
——from the bo wells of the earth. For it is to be 
known, that every thing that is quickly or nattily 
made or born , doth loon perifh : An example 
ittm hereof, both men & herbs do afford.They which 
are looneft produced or born, their life is fhort s 
aine 11 1S not 1° with the Sm and Moonfor they caufe 
m0V i a far more perfett nature in men ; whereby it 
*f s i, comes to pafs,that they produce long life to them, 
re vi an< ^ Prefer ve them from many accidents and dif- 

Of the knowledge of the perfeB TwVture 

N the foregoing chapter, we have fet forth how 
the matter it jfelf worketh by degrees s but in 

t we 

Chap. VI. 




P aracelfus of the 

this, we fhall declare, by what means it may [ 
knovyn when it is perfeft. Thus do : take i[ 
white ftone of the Mo<m y by which the whit«$ 
fpringeth, and feparate a little peece fromigl 
with a paire of ScilTars, and put it upon a plate t 
Copper, heating it glowing hot in the fire: ifi 
finoke^then the ftone is not perfe&j therefor/# i 
it muft remain longer in the decoaion, until tl < 
ftone come to its degree of perfeaionjbut if it d j 
not fmoke, then be allured it is perfe# : the fani < 
is to be done with the Red ftone of the to, j i 
the degrees of the operation thereof. < 


^ Chap. VII. 

j 0 Augment or Multiply the TinUures, 

Y 0 ! 1 wou ^ Multiply or increafe tb < 
Tincture you have found, mixt it togethe 
again with common Mercury , and worke it in a! 
things as at firft, and double one'part a hundre'flk 
times more then it was coloured before j this d< M 
, ©ften-times over again, until you have-as mudJL 
matter as you will: and by how much the longaEw 
it remaineth in the fire, by fo much the higher/*, 
and more fubiime will the degrees thereof be- f(Th; 
that one part thereof will change the infinity o:be i 
the quick Mercury , into the beft and moft perten 
keck. Lum and Sol, Now you have the whokand 
progrefiion from the beginning to the encbbei 
Wherewith we end this fecond Treatife,and befron 
gin the third. the: 

The end of the fecond Treadle. Ir 

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iy \ 




;fot In the fecond Treattfe^we have told how the TirMures 


1 tli ox heavens ought to he made ; in the third , we 
it d jhall declare and amply fet forth wherewith the 'Em- 
fan Stares of the Sun and Moon are made ; and after 
ji what manner Sol and the other Planets ought to 

nglfame manner as God created the Heaven and Earthy 
ghtthe Furnace with the Eire is to be built and governed, 
c; {(That is to fay, after this manner : Firft, Let there 
:y ofee a Furnace built of the height of fix fpans, ex- 
psrtended from the top of the fingers to the thumb ; 
hotand in breadth one handful ^ in the infide,let it 
:nd;be round and plain, left the Coals cleave unto it j 
[ befrom whence let it a little decline to the border 
thereof ; and let there be holes left underneath 

be made ; to wit , with the Furnace and the 

Chap. I. 

: tli Of the building of the Eurnace ; and , of the 

the Fire . 


Ercurius Hermes Tnfmegiflus^ faith, That 
he which would perfett this Art , mufl^ as 
• it were , build anew World ; for after the 


zz Paracelfus of the 

four fingers broad , and let every hole of ^ 
Furnace be fupplied with a Copper Cauldron i 
contain the Water. Afterwards, take good at 
hard Coals, which you fhall break in Gobbets; 
bout the bignefs of a Walnut ; with thefe fill i 
long Furnace; which then is to be Hopped n C 
that they may not burn out. And afterwan 
let fome Coals be kindled to the holes belowf” 
if the Fire be too great, lay a Hone before it ; 
too little, Hir the Coals with an Iron-inHrumeirpar 
that they may be pierced with the Air , andtlMa 
Heat may be increafed. This way you may ke; joy 
your Fire, according to the true Exigency of N ner 
ture ; neither too exceflive, nor too fmall • ft par 
mofi fit and apt for the motion of the Mam reft 
this is compared to the Firmament. There cur 
alio in this place another Firmament, to wit, tithe 
Matter contained in the Glafs ; after which ft Ma 
loweth the form of the World. Therefore tt Hu 
f “ m . a f e ls . be placed as the Sun in the gre the 

World, which giveth Light, Life and Heat to tl anc 
umverfal Furnace, and all Infiruments, and to a to\ 
other things whatfoever concluded under it. M 




Chap c°* 






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ts| Chap. II. 


d 11 Of the Conjunct on of the Male mth the F entitle, 

brjAving now treated of the Furnace and the 
t j jL Fire wherein theTin&ures are to be pre- 
pared, now we intend largely to write how the 
i t |Man and Woman do agree , and how they are 
ketjoyned together? that is to fay , after this man- 
ner: Take the Mercury of the Philofophers, pre- 
; b pared and mundified in its higheft degree ; this 
tte refoive with his Wife, to" wit, with quick (JMer- 
re cttry ; as the Woman receiveth the Man, and as 
cl the Man cleaveth to the Woman : and even as a 
fo Man loveth his Wife, and the Woman loveth her 
ret Husband, fodo thePhilofophers Mercury and 
>re the quick Mercury , profecute the greateft love, 

> t| and are moved by Nature with a great affe&ion 
o a towards us : So therefore the one and the other 
Mercuries % re conjoyned each to other, and one 
with another, even as the Man with the Woman, 
and (he with him, according to their bodies, that 
theieis no difference between them;and they are 
fa, congruent in their ftrength and proprieties, fave 
onefy, that the Man is firm and fixed , but the 
Woman is volatile in the Fire. And tor this 
Caufe, the Woman is united to the Man, lo 
that (he receiveth the Man , and he fixeth ana 
fallneth her firm and conftant in any balance 
as it followeth , They are both to be fo dole 


P aracelfus of the 

luted and covered , that the Woman may nof rc ^ 
vaporate or breath out, otherwifethe 
Work will come to nothing. 

Chap. III. 

|d c 

Of the Copnlation of the Male and Female, 

VV Hen y°? h *ve placed the Min and l 
Wife in the Matrimonial Bed ; if yj 
would that he may operate upon her, fo t(L r 
ine may bring forth , it is neceflary, and muftlT* 
that the Man have his operation upon the Mr 
man* fo that the feed of the Woman may becf en 
agulated and joy ned together into a Mafs, by tlf e “ 

ieea of the Man ; otherwile it produceth 
Fruit. r em 

it he 

_ :ew 

■ ‘ ife ( 

Chap. I V. 

Of the Philofephical conj anil ion of the Man and m 


A Fterwards if you perceive the Womaf 
to be of a black colour , then certainly be-i 
auured that foe hath conceived, and is made 
pregnant : and when the feed of the Woman, 
embraceth the feed of the Man, this is thefirfli 
Signe and Key of this whole Art ; therefore Be 


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Jtreful continually to preferve the natural Hear, 
Jjd the blacknefs will appear , and be difperfed 
id confumed away by the natural Heat 5 as one 
iform eateth and devoureth another, and conti- 
jieth confuming fo long, until there be no more 
“iacknefs left. 



Chap. V. 

1 1 

* 1 Of the blacky Colotsr, 

ftjjpHe blacknefs mahifeftly appearing , then 
■J. know, that the Woman is pregnant ; but 
..ben the Peacocks Tail begins to appear, that is, 
'pen many various colours will appear in the 
{ Jafs,itfheweth the working of the Philofophers 
f entity upon the vulgar MtretiryjkvA ftretcheth 
it her Wings until (he hath overcome it.There- 
:e when thedrinefs operates upon the moillure, 
H |fe Colours do appear. 


Chap. VI. 

_ Jf the Bads {Printing and appearing in the CUf, 

ide*V Hen ^ ou P crce ^ v c thefe various Colours, 
then be conllant in your work, coni inu- 
! „theFire, until the Coiour of the Peacock’s 
be fully confumed , and until the Matter of 

26 Paracelfus of the 

the Moan apDear white and candid as Snow, M a 
that the Veffel hath brought it to the veryR 
gree of its perfe£fion, Then at laft break a ]g^ 
piece thereof, and put it on a Copper-pla| e t 
the Fire ; if it remain conftant and firm,andlj^ 
its Tin&ure , it is then brought to the mollP 
f eft fubttance of hum. This King hath ftrer e 
and power , not oneiy to tranfmute and ch| 
all metals ; but alio to cure all dileafes and 
firmities. This King is laudable, and adoa 
with many vertues , and with fo great pot { 
that he can tranfmute and change Veniu, OH 
Jupiter, Saturn , and Mercury, into the moftfr 
ffant Luna, to every touch-ftone ; and alfo H 
and delivers the bodies of men from infinitento 
eafes,as from Fevonrs,Feeblenel"s,Leprofie,:he ! 
French difeafe , or Morfots Gallic w, and frwoii 
great many other infirmities and dileafes • w'nto 
no Herbs, Roots, or the like Medicines can pity 
bly Cure, or take away. Whofoeter maketbbre 
ly ufe of this Medicine , (hall attain to,and:he i 
fcrve himfelf in a found and perfeff long life,p#js 

Chap. VII. ~ 

Of the red Colour. ^ 

A Fter this King is indued with a perf ec ; 

whitenels, the Fire is conllantly to betr e * 
tinued , until the whitenels begins to taf . 
yellow Colour ; which Colour follows naf en 
ter the whitenels : for by how much 
longer the Heat worketh upon the white and i ' 0c ' 

Secrets of Ale Joy my . zj 

latter, the more Yellow and Saffron-like crow* 

’ ich the Colour, until it come to perfe& rednefs 
t a jjrhich by degrees the Fire worketh to the hioheft 

l at jegree of the red Colour ; then is the fubftance 
indf prepared, and there is born an oriental 
losing, fitting in his Throne, and ruling over all 
rtJhe Princes of the World. 

IdJ . : • : ■ 

3 Chap. VIII. 


Of the augmentation or multiplication hereof 


. ication of this Matter is to be af- 
. — , ter this manner, to wit, let it be refolved 
nitento its moifture, and then put the Fire to it, to 
he, :he height as at firft , and it will work upon its 
1 fnnoiftore oftner then before, and change the fame 
. wnto its own fubftance, turning the whole quan- 
m pity of the matter into the fubftance it felftwhere- 
etliore the Treafures of the Earth are unfpeakable^ 
tndihe world cannot compare unto them j witnefs 

The C one fa f on. 

This fecret was kept by the moft ancient Fa- 
hers amongft their moft occult and hidden fe. 

JetS I whokpnt- rViA Am. loft Ir J __ 

uicir mon occuic ana nidden ie- 
p C ^ets ; who kept the fame, left it fhould come to 

ben I, j f °f w * ckec * ®cn,. who might thereby be 
■v r jabled the her rer. <in/imAr.Aiii.. 

oer , , j l i " ltRC «*«cD,wnoniignttnereby be 
5 ta^hiedthe better, and more fully to accomplifti 
na pe!r wickednefs and evil ends.We therefore do 
ch f^ ire you whofoeverfnall attain to this °ifc of 
andf°^5 tnac YOU will imitate the Father? . /' 

1 ' j i ”“v/Avwvciui«m tuidui ro tnis girc of 
and' 0 ^ y°n will imitate the Fathers , and fe- 
ll - ■ 


28 Paracelfus of the 

cretly ufe and prefer ve this divine Myftery : fori 
you tread it under your feet, or caft Pearls befors 
fwine ; you fhali receive a great judgement froit 
God the great judge and Revenger of all thing; 

But unto thofe whom God by his lingular an 
fpecial Grace, hath given abttinency fromaj 
vices, th s Art fhali be more fully revealed the • 
to any other $ for with one iuch man fhali mot 1 
wifdom be found, then amon^ a thoufand ions if ' 
the world, by whom this Art fhali never be four 


\Vhofoever (hall finde out.this fecret,ahdi ; 
tain to this gift of God , let him praife the mi 
high God, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghoft ; t| 
Grace of God let him onely implore, that he mi; 
ufe the fame to his glory , and the profit of hi . 
Neighbour. This the merciful God grant tof 
done, through Jefus Chrift his onely Son ot 
Lord, Amen. 



N ibis enfuing 
we do intend to treac 
of the greaceft and 
moft occult fecrctsof 
PhilOlophy, and of all 
thofe things which do 
appertain to Magickey 
^ Nigromancy, Necro- 


and fully demonfira- 



3 ° The ‘Prologue.*. 

*ing and fetting forth every thing that 

may beinveftigated,etfeaedand brought rh 

to pafs thereby : this Philofophy in th« an 
pradice thereof is much abufed , by Ce» nii 
remonies and other abufes * and hitherto ed 
the foundation thereof hath been butlr me 
falfely upon the (and ? whereby the the 
whole Artifice and inftruments thereof art Ct 
overthrowne with the leaft jbvindc, and fou 
fometimes the Artificers chemfelves,efpe- wai 
cialiyche Nigromancers,are taken away apt! 
out of the very tniddeft thereof, with the fait 
wtndesj that is* with the Spirits, and a n *1 
yanqui (bed ,overcome and carryed away.ons. 
It is therefore neceffary that the foundati are t 
on of thefe and of all ocher Arts be laid win 
in the holy Scriptures 4 upon the do&rifieiuh 
and faith of Chrift $ which is the moftbrac 
firmeandfure foundation, and the chieffWhic 
corner* done, whereupon the three prin^ e f 
cipal points of this Philofophy art Sn d 
grounded. The firft is prayer, whereunto^cre 
agrees this word of holy Scripture* Aikfc r 
feeke, andkmckt^ &c. By which we are to le hh 
feeke unto God, and faithfully believe hisp^* 
promifes 5 and doing this with a pure hearer#* 

3nd “ fhaI1 b e g‘ ven unto us, and ,ncr « 

mail finde what we feeke after: anifhiJo 

thofef ru & 


Ct. mfefted unto us. The fecond thing found- 
ictto ed therein, is faith, which is able to re- 
»utlt more Mountains into the Sea: for unto 
tbt the faithful all things are pollible , as 
fartChrift hath fpokcn. The third point is 
and rounded in our imagination, which after- 
fpe« ward is kindled in our hearts, and then 
way aptly agreeth and concordech with the 
i the faith aforefaid. 

1 art Therefore all Geremonies, Conjurati- I 1 

vay. ons, Confecrations, and fuch like vanities 
iafareto be rejected and caftaway, with all 
laiiwin foundations, & the true corner ftone 
na|s the foundation ch 2 tis onclyto be ifh* 
iioftNcedin our hearts, that is, every thins 7 
lieftwhich proceeded and fprjngeth frorn 
rin^ne holy Scriptures, the light of nature, 
arc^a fountain of iruth : we will write 
mto^crefore in moft briefe and plain words 
M occult and fecret things, which 

* tojcither Cernelim %Jtgrjppa nor Peter de 
jhi$W4»o, much lefs Trittmiut , never un- 
earFf^ood or wrote of. Neither let acy 
an( jine raife fcanda'l upon this my writing of 
and hdofophy, but firft rather let him well 
lofef 1 ru * c anc * ponder every word 5 and then 

The TrologmJl 

it will appears from whom I fpeake , ane 
whether I have this knowledge from thi 
Devil, or from the experience of the pun 
light of nature. 



all i 

j Theofhrajlus Taracelfus 




Chap. I. 

Of (fortfecrmions, 

Eeing God the greateft of all good 
did in the beginning of the Crea- 
tion of the World, plentifully and 
abundantly blefs and fan&ifie all 
things which are therein ; both 
Places, Inftruments, and all Crea- 
tures y that have their being upon the Earth; 
1 there is no need of other BYefltngs and Conse- 
crations ; for he is Holinefs himfelf : wherefore 
all things that he ordained and made , are alfo 
confecrated by and through him. Therefore no 
l humane things do need any more or other Con- 
p D 3 fecra- 


m | 


TaraceJjus o\ 

lecrations ; but may better , nay bell of all bj 
without them, efpecialiy fuch as fetting Croffe of 
in the way, Croffes, Circles, Swords, VeftufJ bu 
Candles or Lights , Waters, Oyls, Fire, FumW P c 
tions, Charaaers, Writings, Books , Pentacles to 
Seals of Solomon, Crowns, Scepters, Girdles^ 
Rings, &c. and many other things of the life g r< 
kinde, which the Ceremonious Nigromancersd w< 
ufe agamft the Phantartick Spirits, as if ther an ' 

mill ri ...11 II . <: ».L 

O - a? Xi LUC 

could not be compelled and bound by any othe 

FJ-iif-U in . L _L ! 1 • * > |[llC 

means ; whereas Faith is thechief and principi lhc 
Foundation againll them. be 

As often as the Ceremonial Nigromancers faj are 
that this is confecrated and bleffed,or that mac an< 
Mafles are celebrated thereupon. Wherefoi an - 
they all fay, that they are of power againft the dc § lc 
vn and the malignant Spirits, who are terrific mi 
With fear and dread thereof, and flie there-frorc 
&c, and dare not come neer ir. me 

Q you very arch-Fools, and ignorant men o a * e 
no worth ! even unworthy of the name of met e ™ 
who do give Faith and credit to fuch monftroij Fo 
and palpable lyes, when you fee notwithftandin. 
examples thereof before your eyes ; when I ^ 0l 
much lightning falls upon the Temples , that! 
burns and deftroyes the Altars ; which chiefl 

happens by the Tempefts raifed with Inchant 
m ms j alfo,when the Devil and the maligns 

Spirits are feento raign about thefe places , anC 
*re heard by the Magicians what they fpeal 
Therefore Negromancy with all its Ceremonies 
I" a vomre wickednefs , a Viper ufed amongl- 
Ju^krs, a wicked work, which blindeth the eyes 

1 , y 

: like 

s fay 
te dej 

en o 



Occult i Thilofophy , 

of the fpe&ators, deceiving them of their Money; 
but in truth is not to be etleemed worth a half- 
penny, fcarce a ftraw or rufti : wherefore are not 
to be induced or made ule of h erein ; as Judeits 
Solomon in his book hath written, which the Ni- 
gromanc er s call, The Key of Solomon . For God 
would not have them to be ufed ; but hath given 
another thing inftead thereof, to wit, Faith; 
which perfe&ly conlecrateth all things. Never- 
thelefs , I would not have all Confecrations to 
be rejected , but onely thofe Ceremonies, which 
are, aflumed to be ufed again!! the phantaftick 
and malignant Spirits. But I do not defire, that 
any thing fhould be derogated from thofe Ma- 
gical Ceremonies and Operations , which arc 
made for Phyfical ufes : neither, elpecialiy the 
Conlecrat ions in Matrimony , and in the Sacra- 
ments of Baptifm,and the Lord s Supper, which 
are to be kept and obferved by us in the higheft 
efteem and reverence aiwayes, unto the la 11 day. 
For at that time we are all perfe&ly confecrated, 
and fa notified, and clarified with a heavenly 




® 4 


: eye! 

' 'I i i 1J J 


ill! ill 

ki 1,111 





Paracelfus of 

Chap. II. 

in- 1 






■OEfore we come to treat of Conjuration;' 
jp whence they proceed , and what is t|&r 
foundation of them ; It is firil neceffary to dCc 
dare, who invented them, wboufed them,a&Tc 
what hath been brought to pafs by them ; atwi 
how more and more they came to be abufahoi 
Know therefore, that they' had their origin m 
Spring and fountain from Babylon 5 and theekil 
, did mightily increaie and flpurifh : afterwards; fha 
came into ^gypt, and from thence to the Iih: -tia 
.iites,; and l?d of a! b to us Chrilfians, Among wis 
.the Nioromancers it is very familiar, and heldi of 
great el teem , fo that in their rude and igintcaj: 
rant und erf a.n dings, they all attribute more (Ro 
ficacy, po w er and venue thereunto, then unt an< 
grayer and faith. This foundation, which ima 
drawneonely from their opinions, is to be' con. the 
detuned, fo thar man almolf ought to remaii toj 
therein j but they all Judly deferve to be punifli'.fte* 
ed by the Magi .Tate who perlitf therein. Al-So 
though Conjurations may he able to effea fomjca® 
things in them'elves, nevertbelefs they are nojme 
tobj: usurped by any Magi Jan or wife man, beeper 
ca»!*e they are contrary even to God himfellcur 
a d to his word and commandments, and alfopur 
the light of nature s For nothing of truth canrec 


be forced or drawn from the Spirits thereby : 

although they are fometimes forced to appeare 

in their greateft and Magnificent pompe , and 
with terrible pride and haughtinefs, nevertheless 
they are not bound or overcome by this Conju- 
ration ; for that can onely be done by faith a- 

lion;, I fay, thpfe kinde of Nigromancers who de* 
is tfepreto perform and effect all things by their 
to dt Conjurations, fo as to compel, binde, afflict and 
n, an, Torment the Spirits , forcing to do what they 
; anwill have them, are moft like and fitly to be 
bufeirompar^dto thieves and Robbers , that lurk in 
dgis-wipds and places to Rob and murder ; who can 
thei kill and fteale fo long, and fo far -forth as God 
trdsidhall permit them, but nq longer : But .when the 
liras -time and hour comes , that their villanies and 
ion|wickednefs dhall be made manifeft ; then not one 
eialof the moft fqbtil and crafty eft of them can ef- 
ignlpape : whereby it comes to pafs,that one for 
*e (Robbery receives his death., another isaccufed, 
unhand at laft comes under the power of the hangr 
ch i man, who renders him -a reward according to 
coil the defert of his workes : No otherwife are we 
:mako judge qf fuch thieves who breake houfes and 
iniOi'.fteai fo long, till at laft they perifh at the gallows. 

Al So likewife doth the Nigromancer call and invo* 
fornicate Spirits, cor, jure and afftid them with punifti- 
: nofments and Martyrdomes , lb long ashelballbe 
, b^permitted by the Lord Godjbnt not without the 
nfelcurfe of Godtand when the time and hour of his 
alfopuniftiment is come, then as the Proverbeis,he 
3 qfcceiveth his fruits: he erred in his Conjurations, 
br not 

1 aracellus of 

not drawing his Circle as he ought, out oft' 
will and power of the Spirits, which they oftf 1 * 
fay uni o him : To wit, thou haft erred in C<P 

juring, or thou haft not rightly drawn the Circr ' 
thou haft not Chaftifed and prepared thy felf , ] 
nough ; or that thy Seale and Pentaeles are falP ( 
wherefore thou received this punidiment ; (bjF 
debts are paid thee in ready money , a Ion® fe 1 
relcrved for thee ; and which long fibce thF 
ought eft to have had: fohe defervediy recei ruc 
eth his reward from the Spirits, who leave io£f 
notable eminent marke remaining upon hi e 
or mayme him in fome limbe or member, if n me 
quite nreake bis necke : and by this he becoit? n< 
nts own executioner* hy 

Therefore let thefe Ceremonious Nigro®^ 0 1 

*; , v^uauuniOUS tNigro® 

eers take need and looke what they do; let the£ c 
fer thi« i /- . tb 

j — — .w.vwm <iuu wiutea op. 

ration they themfelves become the lervants** 

r i , yvuac tney ao; let ttr 

let this chapter as a looking-Glifs before the 1 

left hxjf rhfMP Alirti j • t . WJ 

left by their own frivolous and wicked oJ 

t » r r 

... j ; ” w icxva ins 

^hc Spirits, and fuffer them to rule over theit^ 
and be their own executioners T Which beit 
done, the Spirits will not fuffer themfelves aiT 
longer to be forced or compelled by thefeft ga 
vants ; neither will they do what they will, b™ 
now thefervants ftiall be forced to yeeld obe^ 
ence to the Spirits, who are become their Lorr h 

The hang-man alfo doth the like, he hearkneit w 
not to him that is to be fcourged, neither wild' 
Jnew any mercy or favor at t he prayer of hit 
* at ^5J n r ei p nec f J hut he executeth the com 
office ° fhlS Mafter,an<J what a Ppertains unto hi 


optoj. yp 

Even fo alfo the Malignant Spirits are the 
,ang-men and executioners of God, who can 
xecute nothing without the commiflion of their 
lagiftrate, that is, of the divine Ma jelly. 

I fay therefore that all Conjurations are againft 

~ J l l V. • 

fa j ( pod, and are contrary to his word, the di ine 
r n .law, and the light of nature 5 which are prohibi- 

iiWha, nn .l„ -lJL- L... 

, Jed to be ufed not onely to Spirits alone, but 
^jilfofuchas aredireftedto herbs, ft ones and 

5 Juch-iike, and efpecially thofe which are made 
^-againft men ; it becometh not us to aft like the 
^Heathens, who when they were not able to ule 

if s 

* # J — — v ww 

men after their own wills , and could not force 

on ,and compel them , they did Conjure them ( «s 
by many examples it is found in the Scriptures ) 

iT /o that they were forced and compelled to ex- 
ecute and aft fuch things as were contrary to 
their wills and nature. Woe therefore to fuch 
wicked Knaves, and to all them whofoever imi- 

jtate them : how great wickednefs do they com- 

mir ) A M IVtU itte « V^\ A ^ - *11 

w ^ at grievous Plagues will come to 

. f o #* #• b a 1 ^ fJ a m J L mC. 1 -3 L * f 1 

•them at the laft, and what fearful and horrible 

Jf iccufations {hall they heare the Devil make a- 
2 f (! gainft them before the wrath of God? Ifafter- 
1. wards it were lawful for them to fignifie to fuch 

^ t ^ ****** 

9 fkinde of men, their mifery which they endure, 

— — J wa- J f f VL J V J vii V4 14 X Va ^ 

^they who do fuch things, many thoufands of them 
nef would be brought to repentance. 



> hi 



Paracelfus of | 

Chap. III. 

Of Characters, | 

are not to give credit alio, neither toCI 
rafters nor Words ; forthe/Poets andN 
gromancers do alio much exercife themfelvesion 
them , and do fill their Conjuring-Books full| tw 
them , which they raife out of their own ima| ye 
nations, meerly and rafhly, without any Found pr 
tion,and do feign them againft all Truth ; whet fo 
many thoul'ands of them are not worth a nut-flit nc 
But in the mean time l will be filent in their Os 

racers, which they. .draw in Paper & Parchmei tb 
which are uleletsly blotted with fuch trifles. \ th; 
was a cuflome amongft thofe kinde of me jfe 1 
which among!! fome is hardly left to this da;, or 
Thai; by impofing thefe Characters upon the Le 
men,they drew them to admiration of themfelvf do 
with thele Chara^ers,andfpeakingfuch words^ or 
are wonderful to me, and which were nevi; fp 1 
heard of ; yet they fay > they are found out at 
devifed by themfelves. Wherefore it is chief; in 
neccffary to have perfeft knowledge, to difcer cu 
thefe Letter , Words and Characters. [ fo 

There are many fuch-kinde of words fouti th 
amongfl: them, which have no affinity at all wit W 
the Idioms of theLatjne, Greek, crHebm 
Tongues, neither with any other ; which canno ct 
poflibly be interpreted by any man, nor rendfr- : 

inr b\ 

id N 
: full 

into any other Tongue. Therefore I fpeak not 
without caufe, and fay, That we are not to credit 
all Letters, Characters or Words, but to keep to 
thofe onely which are true , and have been 
often proved , and taken out of the Foundation 
of Truth. 

That we may come to thefe, and declare what 
Words or Characters are juft and true 5 we (hall 
onely in the firft place detect and unfold 
two : although there may be found many other, 
imaj yet neverthelefs , thefe are molt efpecially and 
>un| principally to be accounted and efteemed of,be- 
‘heu fore all other Characters, Pentacles, and Seals s 
>flx. note the delineation of them, which is thus : 
r Or Two T riangular Figures, cutting one another 
men thorow with a crofs,are fo painted or engraven, 
■s. I that they do include and divide themlelves into 
met. feven fpaces within , and do make fix corners 
; daj } outwardly , wherein are written fix wonderful 
the Letters of the great Name of God ; to wit, A- 
;fel idomjy according to their true order. This is 
rdsl one of thole Characters whereof we have 
nevt fpoken. 
c a| 







There is another which excelletb the former 
in power and virtue , and this hath rhree Hooks 
cutting one another through by a crof? , and ate 
fo delineated , that by their mutual imerleCHon 
they include fix ‘paces, and out wardly five* angles, 
wherein are written five fyllables of thefupream 
name of God ; to wit, Tetragrammaton-y alio ac® 
cording to their true order. 

_ I would have put down the Figures themlelves; 
but becaufeyou may happily finde them in many 


\z Paracelfus of 

other places and Books , I have the rather oJS 
ted them. t: 

By there two Charters feme of the 
and Nigromancers of jWv* , obtained man,™ 1 
things ; and they are now efleemed of great pricirnm 
amongft very many , and held as great fecretsL 
for they are of fo great virtue and power , thiLo 
whatfoever is poffible to be done by Charaftcrihic 
and Words, the fame may be effeSed by thento f,, 
oroneofthem. I would gladly know, whatuhir 
and in what place in all the Books of the Nioroi rh 
mancers may be found any other, wherein therfcn 
is made the like againft the malignant Spirits, Bui 
Devils, & Incbantments of the Magitians,bv *n ii 
the dereits and devices of theSorcerers.For thqL n< 
do deliver him that is already inchanted eithnf, n 
in his mrnde or underrtanding,fo that he is forcedmj 0 
or compelled to aft any thing againft his owmore 
natural will or nature ; or if he iiiffer any Iofs afoJ 
hurt in his bodjr,by the adminillration of thel'« 0 d 
made in their juft and due time and hour, andifter 
being taken in his mouth with a Wafer, Pan-forh 
cake,or fuch-like thing, in four and twenty hour%d I 
he (hill be free from the Inchantment. 

, , Xt ? e , r 5 a . re aIfo . man Y other thing which areior al 
neiptttl in luch caies ; as thole which fhall be by 30 r U( 
me laid down hereafter, when I come to fpeak of if V p 
T empefts, and the Seafons. f c 

Briefly, thefe Chara&ers are of fo great force 1 | 
^nd power , that if the Nigromancers did but ial 
know and believe their power and and virtue, jroce 
they would forthwith rejeff and caft away allies v 
other things, even all their other Charafters , ' 

Word> 5 

Occult Thilcfopby. ^ 

.Words, Names, Signs, Figures, Penracles, con- 
^Wecrated Seals of Solomon , Crowns , Scepters 
dings, Girdles, and fuch-iike Ceremonies what- 
whoever, and wherein hitherto they have repofed 
15 3 n y hope, thinking by them to fecure themielves 
3ric f m their dangerous experiments and operati- 
etsons, when they would invoke, conjure, or think 
raato compel and force the Spirits. Truely thofc 

jterfouch we have fpoken of , are the true Pentades 
be had and ufed againft all unclean Spirits, 
lercwhich they do all fear , even they which wander 
groin the Elements. Neverthelei's , Faith doth 
Kreftrengthen and confirm all thefe things. 
rit !i B «iome may carpingly objed, although unde- 
' altervinsly, and iay , That I break the third Com- 
n qfauodment of God , of the firft Table of Mo- 
nerfw, wherein it is forbidden of the Lord God, for 
cediny one to take his name in vain. But who a- 
wnjiongft any wife men, can be able to fay, That I 
: oijave done this ; or, that I have herein offended 
jP od ? whena? I ufe not this for that purpofe,nor 
• n f cer the fame manner, as the Nigromancers and 
in "lnchanters ; but onely for the extream neceffity 
ar T d . hcl P of men, and in thofe difeafes and infir- 
niues wherein no Medicines, no AurumpotabiU s 
jreiorquinteffence of Gold, neither Antirony,no r 
y 10 fuch fecret can he ip them , although they are 
°T very great virtue and efficacy. 

ce , It becometh a Phyfician to know the orioi- 
j*l caufe of all difeales, that he may know which 
proceeds from evil m-at or drink, as from At> 
1 [es, Herbs, and ocher fruits of the Eart h rand k 

4.4. Paracelfus of 

is expedient for him to know the lecrets of Herli |? e 
and Roots, &c, whereby the difeafe may b f enc 
cured. But if it happen under the caufe of M lelv '< 
nerals , iuch difeafcs are to be expelled by tli j- 0 " 
iecrets of thole Metals ; which the fecrets 

Herbs and Roots do not admit of , and have in 

power to do. J 

In like manner , if diieafes do proceed fro/ 
the influences of Heaven , neither of thefecra wtllc 
aforefaid, are able to profit any thing imhecuc c ^ 
thereof, but it muft be expelled .by Aftronom m 

and the' heavenly influences, as it is written 

Parf carta. 

Lallly, if any difeafe or grief happen or be in" e 
flifted upon any man in a fupernatural. manner , 
by Inchantment or fome Magical Sorceries, non 

J ' 

of thole three remedies aforefpoken of, 
help them ; but there muft be a Magical remdfj* 
whereby it may be expelled , as we have befor^^ 
delivered. s j ono 

Many men who have in this kinde been tnafc ^ 
milerable through inchantment s,have alfo hithel ^ j 
to been forfaken and caft off by the Jg nor % e i r 
Phyfitians ; becaufe thefe things hitherto wen 
hiddep unto them : And if they chance to bj 
told them of others , they will anlwer, that I T 
they fhould ufe them, they fhould a& again! 
God, and take his name in tain ; and that th : 
which I have done hath no truth in it. But 
I fhould nfe thefe things to the hurt or prejudi 
of man, I fhould Blafpheme againftGods or 
I fhould Conjure any Spirits, man , herbe, rooi 
Of ft one, 8cc. by his name, it might then juftl 



j* 1 

did v 


be faid that I did take his name in vain, and of- 
fend God; but not before. Lei the Divines them- 
selves alio, and the Sophidersfpeakc what they lilt 
to theie things, the thing which I fpeake will not 
be found contrary to the truth, although herein 
their opinions may be very contrary unto me 2 
they will call me Inchanter, Nigromancer, and 
p rot a contemner of the Commandments of God, 
which Calumnies and reproches I do not at all 
care for : for it will be mod certainly madema- 
nifed, that their exceptions againft me, willap- 
peare no otherwife thenthofeof the Jews and 





Pbmfees who carped againft Chrift , becaule he 
>e in pealed the ficke on the Sabbath day : For they 
nne[ faid unto him, that Chrift had broke the Sabbath 
n J and the commandment of God : the like they 
w js did with David when he was forced and oppref- 
ne( jBd, and did eat the fhew-bread; But amongft 
£ ^ 0[ theie fault-finders and flanderers , how or whac 
lhail be done.that will pleafe them all > But the 
^gnorant will not ceafe to talke until the beads 

rhe ,or ftones can teach them, which we mud expert 
will be a long time, and then they will hold 
*heir peace. 

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Chap. IV. 

Of Spiritual viJionS) appearing in dreames . 

Here is a twofold kinde of vifions that do 
appeare in dreames, that is to lay, natural 

E and 

andfupernatural; but various kindes of appari- a 
tions and viuons there are»which do appeared 
flecpe and dreames, of which in this piace it i 
unneceifary to make any mention , becaufe the 
do mod ufuaily happen, either by reafon of lor- 
rowfulnefs , or lbme trouble and perturbation o 
the tninde, uncleannefs of the blood, Cogitati 
o s. that is, operations of the minde and under- 
landing, and occupations thereof about multi- 
plicity of bufinefs and dealings that men are irn- 
ployed and converlant in ; as gameftcrs,of the 
dice and chards, of great gain or lols ; Souldiers 
do dreame of warlike affaires, as of their gunnes, 
pieces of Ordnance, Powder, Armes, and all 
manner of weapons and inftruments of war ; o( 
victory or overthrowes : the Sons of Bacchus, 
and great drinkers, of good wine and great cups, 
which they feeme to iwallow ; and of fuch othei 
things filling the belly : Pyrates dream 

their fpoyles and preyes, and what gain they w ^ ( 





















hive met with : Robbers, of Manflaughters 
theeves, of theft ; and fornicators, of theii ! 
whores. All thefe phaniafies and vifions the ^ 
Spirit of the night produceth andbringeth unto 
them, whereby he playeth with them in the 
night, and deludeth and tempteth them: Such ong 
things are kindled in the blood, ( alias ) the un- j 
derfiandin°,and begettech fuch a fire, which can- 
not eafiiy be extinguished, which for the mol 
part may be feenin the venereous family. J re 
Many wonderful Arts and Sciences alfo have w ^ c 
Teemed to be made appeare toArtifts in theii nece 
dreams j the reafon whereof hath been, becaufe^ 


it is 





; of 

















ophj. ^y 

they have always had an ardent affeaion tothofe 
Arts: To powerful an imagination thereof, hath 
for the moft part followed the fame , that they 
have fuppofed in their dreames , that lomc Phi- 
n of ^°P^ er ^ a£ h tau ghc them thefe Arts :this often- 
ari times happeneth,but the greateft part periflieth, 
in oblivion : fome riling early in the riiornirtg,fay, 
This night a Wonderful dreame appeared to° me, 
even as that Mercury, or this or that Philofo- 
pher corporally appeared unto me in a dreame* 
who taught me this or that Arc ; but it is fallen 
out of my memory, lo that I cannot temembef 
any more thereof. To whom any fuch thing hath 
happened, he ought not to go forth out of his 
chamber, nor Ipeak with any man 3 but to remain 
alone and tall, untill he call to remembrance that 
10 he had forgotten. And thus much is fuf- 
0 ( ficient to be fpoken concerning natural dreams, 

I and viiions appearing in the night in dreames of 
what belongeth thereunto : But for the conclu- 
fio.i of fuch kinde of vifions , one thin 0, is 
yet to be declared;thatamofigrt all thofe dreams 
that do re joyce our Spirit;, grieve us, or caule 
forrow, commonly that which is the contrary 
u cometh copafs: wherefore fuch like kinde of vili- 
ons are not al waves to be credited. 

But the other dreames which are fiipefnatu- 
fal, are moll certain AmbafTadofs, and true Le- 
gats & meffengers lent unto us from God,which 
are nothing elfe but Angels and Good Spirits, 
who fometimes do appeare to Us in our created 

s it happened to the thret 

VIH Ct* ^ I I II ‘ 1 



^vife men when they had come a great Journey 

E 2 


Paracelfus of 

o feeke the young infant § after they had found us t 
him^they would have returned to Herod , to tell Z nd 
him where the child was , and how they found ft ru] 
him : but the Angel of the Lord appeared unto f a u 
them in a dreame, faying, Do not return to 
but return into your own Country another way . For nat j 
God knew the falfe heart of Herod , from whici t [, er 
he fpoke, wherefore he would not fuffer his will ^ , 
to be performed. The like dreame happened w [f e 
to Jofeph and Jacoby when he would go into 
iEgvpt : the fame in like manner happened to A f U p e 
nan as y fame Itusy and many others ; all wholV^j 
dreams are iupernaturaltfuch dreams do fomtimei ca n 
alfo happen to men in our times, but they are no- can 
thing el-teemed, yet neverthelefs they are notfal no v 
lacious.We are likewife to know that thefe kinds p or 
bf visions may be obtained by us by prayer froir 
our Lord God, in our greateft neceflities, fo thai £ure 
our prayers be made with a lincere heart , ant may 
With a true and undoubted faith, then he will aij^ 
length fend his Angel unto us, who will appean c i lan 
unto us, and fpiritually admonifh, teach, ant g u( 
promife us. _ <jrea 

Balaam was itioft expert in thefe kinde of vif p j r j ; 
Ftons: for every night, as often as he would, hiij ave 
could obtain a. viiion of this kinde: yet the Scrip j^p 
ture hath given him an obfcure name, to wit,aL Cv jj 
Inchanter : it is not expedient to make an y di|j me 
ference, for the Scripture obferveth no diffei^jj. 
ence herein, but calleth all them Inchanters wlUg^ 
have experienc e and knowledge in the vertues% r ai 
natural things; neverthelefs, great difcretioifej^ 
is to be ufed in thefe things ; God would ha%f q ( 

Occult Thilofopby ^9 

unj U5 10 vvalkc in fimplicity, as *he A potties dic£ 
te ‘‘ and not to learch too deeply into fucti high , ab- 
utl( i ftrufe, and fecret things above nature; that we 
fall not into the abule thereof, and therewith 
hurt our neighbour : and fo come into condem- 
nation both of body and Joule. They are not 
therefore all Inchanters which the Scripture call- 
cth fo : for then it would follow that thole three 
wife men of the f^fhould be Arch-Inchanters ; 
when as in all Arts , elpecialiy in fuch as were 
fupernatural , -they excelled all others before 
their time : therefore that the Scriptures do not 
call them Inchanrers, but wile men ; what elle 
can be gathered from them, but that they did in 
no wife abufe their Arts and occult wi'fdome? 
For Magicke is fuch an Art and fcience which 
demonttrateth and declare th the power and vir- 
ture thereof by faithmeverthelefs Inchantments 
may fpring from thence^ to wit* when it is ufed 
abufively ; and before, it cannot be called an In- 
C3I tchantment. 

M But that I may fpeake more largely of vifions in 
: ^eamsjit is to be known, that fome have been fo 
fpiritually lifted up to God in a dream, that they 
™ l fe( : n his glory and the joy of the ele£, and 
1 rthepunifhment of the damned;which they could 
’ ne^r afterwards forget, but have carryed the 
* ? m . e 1 ” their h< T arts and mindes until the end of 

mt'c 5 I fay, for us to fee all 

cr things m a ipinrual manner:when we feeke 

j^P 0 ^ the mercy of God , with a true 

ia£i * j prayer ’ We ma V behold a11 ^e Mylleryes 
f God very wel l&s Efaia* & John : Thele kinde 









Paracelfus of 

it ha 
if it 






ofvifionsare certain and true; to which more 
fa;th is to be given, then to all the precepts in Mi 
gjromancy by ipoking-Glaffes, Chrifials , Beryls, 
naiies of the fingers, ftones, waters, and the lilre 
for all thefe are falfe and fallacious: and althougi 
fuch Spirits do fometime ipeake in fuch appear, 
ances, and anfwer, and do aflert the lame with 
an hundred Oaths, with ere&ion of the fingers, 
yet we are not alway to give faith or credit t& ^ 
tothem,unlefs perchance it be done out of the 
fpecial command of God : otherwife they cannot 
poifibly fpeake truth of all vifions, which we haw 
Ipoken of ; thofe Prophefies do come from a true 
original, which do agree with all the Prophets, 
From whence had the Prophets their wildomt 
and knowledge , and from whence were thofe 
Mylleries of God revealed unto them, by whirl 
they had thofe Spiritual and fupernatural vifidB 
in dreams ? It is necelfary therefore, in the firf 
place, to the finde out the true foundation there 
of , and to lay the fame upon the right ftone, 
which is thp word of God and bis promiies ; an 
to pray daily unto God ; whereby it (hall com W an 
to pafs that he will give us all things which It calle 
hath ppomifed ip his word. but 

There is alio another vificn belonging ti or 
dreams, which we may take frem them that at but ; 
Head ; and do appear fpiiituaJiy unto us ii of th 
dreams, although they have been dead fifty « their 
an hundred years: this is very much to be taken as m 

into confideracion ; for many have undertake: 

to treat thereof, which for their too much pro whei 
Hxity, (which we endeavour to avoid) we wlfraid 






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t nil 
if the 


: have 
i true 1 
i firi 
one ; 
; ani 





Occult Philo fop by. 5i 

pafsthem by, referving them to their place: 
Neverthelefs this I will declare, (vtz,.) Where 
ithappeneth that one of theie Gho/is do ap- 
peare, it is meft neceffary diligently to note and 
marke what he fheweth unto us, what he fpeak- 
eth with us about, or doth fpiritually Negotiate ; 
and not always to account thereof as fables: For 
if it were poflible for a man toretaine the fame 
realon fleeping , which he hath waking, that he 
could aske and enquire of fuch a Spirit , he 
fhould know the truth from him, about all his 
defires whatsoever : But it*s not needful to 
fpeake any more largely in this place concerning 
this thing, 

Of Perfons and Spirits wandrtng under the 

U Nder the Earth do wander half-men, which 
poffels all temporal things, which they 
c0 ® want or are delighted with * they are Vulgarly 
41 11 called Gnomiy or Inhabited of the Mountains: 
but by their proper name, they are called Sylphes 
or 'Pigmies : They are not Spirits, as others are, 
at 31 but are compared unto them, for the Similitude 
us i of their Arts and Induftry, which are common to 
ty them with the Spirits : they have flefh and blood 
as men, which no real Spirit hath:as Chrid ipoke 
unto his Difciples, when became amongft them, 
, when the doores were (hut , and they were af- 
wlfraid, faying, Feele me^and touch me% for a Spirit 
FI E 4 hath 



j 191: 

• , 

5 * 

Paracelfus of 

hath not flefh and blood nor boncs y as 1 have: Bj 

this he himfelf hath taught us, that a Spirit hatlnot 


no true body that can be touched ; nor bonei 
nor flefh, nor blood, but exifleth in its owiknd 
eflenceof winde or Aire. But of this we haviajiJ 
briefly fpoken enough ; But to return to thiaw 
earthly Tigmies or halfe-men, we are to knoiall 
that thefe are not robe reputed Spirits, but lMeft 
to Spirits ; but if they are or (hall be callejoug' 
Spirits, they ought to be called earthly Spirits'we 
becaufe they have their Chaos and habitation un-moi 
der the earth, and not in the winde and Aire.Dev 
as the other Spirits have. wea 

Many terrene earthly Spirits are found , feen,trea 
and heard to be in fuch places , wherein grea and 
treafures, and mighty flore of wealth and Riches that 
are hid ; and alio under thofe Mountains, where hen 
there is plenty of Gold and Silver; with whichthat 
things they are delighted, and do take the carilyB 
and curtody thereof,and not willingly do thqfirpt 
part from ir. him 

Such as digge Metals have the heft knowledges, 
ofthefe Spirits, for they are mod troubled with fay i 
them, and do vexe them , and much perfect® wit 
them with blowes and flripes: fomtimes alfotob 
they do afford benefits unto them , admoniftiinjj the 
them,and warning them of death : as when thei ther 
are heard cnce,tw ice, thrice oroftenerto Knocioru 
and ftrike in the fame place, it fignifies the death Nei 
of him that diggeth or laboureth in that place; pow 
eirhpr he is buryed up by the fall of the MoutHhat 
tain, qr dyeth by fome fuch occafion : this is cer* is ir 
tainly experienced by them that do dis^ inpovt 
Iiines.i^H l i: ' : Thefe:' >* 

k ' 

: B- 
>net ' 

Occult Tbilofophy. 

Thefe Spirits are worft again!! thofe who do 
iot appear to be Devils , and chiefly again# 

; thofe which they hare: but between thefe Spirits 
find the Devil, there is a great difference ; b<e- 
havf ajafe he dyethnot, but thefe perifh after th<ey 
thj Save lived a long life, otherwite they might 1 oe 
non called Spirits for this reafonibut that which ha, th 
lilceflefh and blood, is obnoxious to death, and 
illei ought once to die. There is another thing which 
iritswefhall more largely declare from the coin- 
lun-mon proverb , whereby it is reported that trite 
Vi re !Devil aboundeth in Riches , and poffeffeth mi ich 
wealth, money, gold, and filvet; and to have all 
een,treafures hidden in the earth under his povuer, 
;rea and to give out of them what he will , to them 
die* that make any Covenant with him. And from 
oere hence that common faying tooke its beginning, 
hid that the Devil for this very caufe giveth not one- 
car! ly Riches plentifully, and every thing that he de- 
:hq ifirpth, gold or filver to any one that prefcribeth 
bimfelf unto him ,8c giveth up himfelf folely to be 
dg; his,fo as to renounce and forget his Creator.But I 
vnt fay that all thefe things are lyes and fained fables, 
cut! without any foundation or ground; which ought 
alffl to be rejected of every difcreet and wife man:For 
hiti| the devil is the pooreft of all creatures, lo that 
there is no creature fo miferable 8c poore, above 
or under the earth, or in all the other Elements, 
atl Neither hath he any money, nor Riches, nor any 
power over them;how then can he. give to this or 
that perfon,that which he poffeflfyth not ? But he 
is infinitely skilful and cunning IhArts; and hath 
in power to give and to teach t^em to thofe he 

J favor- 


54. Paracelius of 

favoreth, and that he can wreft away and delt]^ 
with his deceit : he hath no money, neither ° 0 ind 
nor filver can he give to any one ; neither dolwn 
he ever take or require any bonds or obligati C 
ons from men fealed with their blood, or anyok 1 
ther compaft or Covenant. But there are othe sth 
Spirits which do luch things, fuch as are the fyjipp* 
fbes^ or Vygmies ., which although they are perfon * 
that are little by nature, yet they can appear n that 
men as they will, great, or little jfaire, deformed h av ' 
rich or poore ; they are not defe&ive nor want thei 
ing of know ledge in all kinde of Arts that are op 1 
can be found out in all the light of nature ; fcu P ari 
they have them, and contain the knowledge oitha 
them all within themfelves : they have enou4 war 
of gold and filver, and the mines of all Meals tbe 
under their power and cufiody. In old time 1 
many of them have been found and heard a^ ai 
mongfi men, but now they ceafe ; but no mai f° r( 
hitherto hath known, or could give a reafon ctot 
their fevering and reparation, feeing they have al hea 
wayes been efteemed to be Immortal creatures anc ^ 
becaufe no man could certainly be able to know 
or finde out their death, or could confider any^ 1 
caufe of their ablence : neither could any mac oro 
for a long time be able to know what they now 
are, cr whence they proceeded, or whither they P eri 
or what gift or office they have. Many * 
do luppofe that where they bring any benefits or 
good to men, thatthey are Angels, or good ad 1 
familiar Spirits, lent to thole men from God, tbei 
and are afterwards by him taken from them, by the 
reafon of chegreatnefs of their fins : for often- P^ a< 



Occult c Pbilofophy. 

imes they bring to men very many good offices 
o 0 and benefits, and do undertake and i'uftaine 
Jjj iany hard labours for them. 
io an Others believe that they will not be feen by 
3 y 0 BS, becaufe that when a man teeth them, he cry- 
>thetthouc ; fo that they vanith away, and will not 
Aj appear any more. 

r f 0D Many that do fee or hear thefe Spirits, fuppofe 
lr t( that they are the Spirits and foules of men that 
ne( | have come to an evil death, To that they have ei- 
- ant jther defpeiately drowned or hanged themfelves, 
• c 0 |or killed themfelves fome other wayes ; and de- 
parting from God their Saviour , have given 
: Jthemfelves to the devil : and for that caufe, do 
wander about, and are referved by the devil unto 
the day of the laft Judgement. 

There have been fome who have fuppofed 
that they are vaine Phantafies,and that they have 
fore-fhown and preiaged much good fortune 
cothofe places wherein they have been feen or 
jl, heard ; which many times alfo hath fo happened 
and come to pafs : but for the moft part, faith e£* 
fe&eth it ; for of their own nature, they do not 
bring any fortune, unlefs God compelleth them 
orour faith. And on the contrary, they are not 
able to caufe any misfortune, unlefs it be by the 
ie j permilfion of God. 

And many do thinke that they are the In- 
chantments of the Magicians. 

There are others who having feen andheard 
them about treafures, have judged that they are 
the Spirits of men, who have hid treafures in that 
place, and ought to remain there until the the 


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5 * 


1 ; 



P aracelfus of 

Laft Judgement, or untill their cuftody therein i 
is found out ; and this opinion they receilave 
from the words of Chrifi, where he faith, Wheiho 
yourtrealureis, there will your hearts be aid i 
Bnt I do not fee any realon why they fhouid dyhei 
deritand the heart for the Spirit' , but that theinov< 
is much difference between them ; wherefore hat 
iay that all the Judgements which are fpoken o hat 
before, are but falfe opinions, when as thefean nigh 
to be underftood to be halfe-men, that bear rui i be 
and wander m the four Elementsjand in the ftff 
and pnftine times of nature, they have been take|hin< 
and worfhipped in ftead of God : Thefe are thq 
of whom God Almighty admonifheth us in thi 
Commandment of the firff Table, faying , threat 
We inall not have any other Gods but him , mtdo: 
therm the waters ( where the Nymphs are M tm] 
deritood ) nor under the Earth , ( by which h F iv < 
meaneth Sylphes or ‘Pygmies) For the Lord ougivei 
Ood is a jealous Gocf, and fbrfuch an offender 
pumlheth the fins of the Fathers upon the Chil 
uren unto the third and fourth generation. 

The Mountain of Venus in Italy , was mudi ^rib 
poflefled with thefe Spirits? for Venus her lelfwjj whe 
a Nymphy and That Mountain was by a compari^bet 
j n as her Kingdoms and Paradice: But flie i man 
dead, whereby her Kingdome ceafeth to be : bit cnt 1 
where or in what place is there any mention * 11 ? 3 
heard to be made of them , as in former time^r 
whtn Danhanferus , and many others entred in kind 
unto them ? Neither did they Invent thcfe^ac 
fables : they were of fuch a nature and condid nil * e 
on, that they loved all men that loved tbefli; ia Pf 


Occult T kilofophy. 57 

ereifld hated them that hated themrwherefore they 
:ceij pve Arts and Riches in abundance) to them 
rheiho preicribed and bound themfelves to them ; 
aid they know both our minds and thoughts, 
d ^hereby it comes to pafs, that they are eafily 
theifcoved by us to come to us. I do not fay this, 
Dre hat I would give this Counfel to any one, but 
:n 0 hatthe true ground and foundation thereof 
feaijnight be known, and the true difference which 
■ ruJs between the devil and thefe Semi -homines. 

: foijrhe devil hath not any body, unlefs he take any 
aiding to himfelf from the four Elements 5 for he 
thej hath neither flefh nor blood : he rcmaineth per- 
tbj| petnal , not fuhjedt to any infirmities or a finite 
tba death ; wherefore he dieth not, but the Pygmies 
Bei : neverthelefs they are both fubjeft to a na- 
tural and everlafiing death, and are both de- 
) j, prived of ever lading life : wherefore whofoever 
ougiveth or fubferibeth himleif unto them, the fame 
. nc event happeneth unto him as to them : Let every 
;hi|°ne therefore have a fpecial care unto himfelf, 
and confider well what he doth, before he fub- 
md fcribeth himfelf ; for he fuddenly doth that 
^whereby he fhali alwayes be compelled to be 
>ari obedient unto them, and to fulfill all their com- 
e pands ; And if he fhali chance to be dil'obedi- 
went unto them, or anger them, they very much 
ioiiimpaire,or totally defiroy and take away his life: 
tne, there have been found many examples of this 
j n linde,to wit,fometimes men have been found 
,efcdead, their neckes turned about, or otherwife 
itpilerably handled: where any fuch thing hath 
[Happened, it hath hitherto commonly been faid, 
m that 

58 1 aracelfus of 

that the Devil hath done this for this caufe,eitlitliei 
that the man hath not kept his promife and con 0 b 
pa& with him, or that the time which he cov< 
nanred and l'ubfcribed himfelf unto him for, is ejlor 
piredjand that now he receiveth his laft reward a 
But thefe opinions do not proceed from tbitc 
fountaineof truth j for the office of the Deviheii 
containeth no fuch thing in his power, but ri :han 
ther he fuggelleth unto men, evil thoughts atn but ; 
Cogitations, whereby he draweth them awii 0 
from obeying the will and commandments irtio 
God; by which means he maketh them to be the vine 
greateft (inner s , and to forget and deny Goihec 
their Creator : and afterwards draweth them ad 1 
into defpaire, fothat they cannot any more be bee 
able to pray unto God : wherefore the Elemen*tet ] 
tary Spirits aremoft like unto the devil, and often-theC 
times they are executioners of the wrath ancittrac 
vengeance of God ; nevertheleis they do often' nd I 
times ado admonifh and warne us, anddo watclndh 
Over us and defend us from many dangers, and les i 
lometimes do deliver fome from ptilbn, and afdifiar 
ford to men many other helps. nyp 

Wherefore fuch men as are burdened and oeatt 
verwhelmed with grief and iorrowful ImaginJ^to 
tions,are not to be left alone, but ought to be lake 
entertained with various and pleafant dilcourfedairij 
which may delight their mindes, and expel theii 
forrowrThe Devils likewifeare in thefe cafes not 
idle;but as bufie as thofe terrene Spirits, & do eak 
iy tempt fuch kinde of men. From hence it comes 
to pals , that lome people, efpecially women in 
child-bed, have been ib opprefled in the night in 


Occult Tbilofophy. 

tth{ heir fleepe, that they have thought themfelves 
:onobeas it were ftrangled, neither could they 
ovjiofTibly cry out, or call any helpe, but in the 
seiiorning have reported that they were Ridden 
raid a hag: And they are Hill accounted to be 
twitches, or Inchanters rbat do this ; whereas 
)evj heir bodies cannot poflibly enter into the 
: Chambers, where the dooresand Windowes are 
aJmjbut the Sylphes and Nymphs eafily can. 

W 3 ; 0 thou of little faith ! as doubtful as c Petcr i 
; oifho fuffereft thy lelf to be toffed with every 
tin vinde, and art eafily drowned : thou thy felf art 
joo he caufehereof, by reafon of thy little, dubious, 
lemnd weake faith j alfo thy evil thoughts do draw 
; be hee unto this : Thou haft alfo in thy felf a fe- 
len'ietMagnes that attra&eth every like. This is 
ten' heCeleftial Load-ftone above all others, which 
ad ttra&eth Iron and fteel, above the Quinteftence 
:en- nd £1 arry Magnes, which maketh the dejeefed 
ltd nd hidden Iron to appear:for the Celeftial Mag- 
anjies is of fuch power and virtue, that from the 
afdlance of a hundred thoufand miles, even from 
ny place whatfoever, from the four Elements, 
o-eattra&eth the Iron to himfelf,when he paffeth 
na 'to his own exaltation. But this we flhall 
be lake more largely to appear, in two excellent 
rfe. xamples following, 

Of the Imagination^ and how the fame cometh 
it's exaltation . 



,)! |ov\ 


1 ▼ ▼ L~. 

fat powerful operation the Imaginatii c P a 
hath, and how the fame cometh to its hi»l 

and exaltation, may be feen by an example tali ,JC ' 

^ -«*• ■ .iree 

from experience in the time of peftilence, whet 


in the Imagination poyfoneth more then at ! 
infected Aire ; and again!! which, no Antidon? ei 
neither of Mithridate nor Treacle, nor any fix “ e 

pxcfervative,can exhibit anyhelpe; unlefs tip 4 * 
fmch an Imagination do pafs away and be forgo, 
te n, nothing elle will helpe. So quick and fwi ! er 


alRunner and Meffenger is the Imagination 

th<tt it doth not onely fly out of one houfe inn 1 
am other, put of one ftreete into another, but all om 
moift lwiftly pafleth from one City and Count! 5 ? c . 
into another; fothatbythe Imagination and!” 1 
of oneperfon , the Peftilence may come intir 

r i i ■ 

foaie whole City or Country, and kill man 

thomfands of men: as may be underftood iL 
this: example. Put cafe there were two brethrei f v 
deat ly loving one another, and one of them live 
in France and the other travels into Italy, wh . 

is taken away by the Peftilence in the middr 1 111 

way, and newes (hould be brought to the bro. 

• . _ . . . .» . - - 

ther living in France , that his brother in Itu . 
was dead of the Plague; at which he being afl ei1 
frighted, it pierceth through his Skin , into hi' 1 ”: 
Imagid ation,fo that he cannot forget it ; and it i , 1 

kindlei ,kl 

Occult 'Pbilofophy . 

indled in him, and this fire doth fo long rever- 
erate and worke, as it may be feen in the try- 
^ ilof Gold and Silver, which do fend forth their 
n lowers fo long, until they fhine bright again * 
vhich is not before they are perfectly cleare,and 
nad c P aracec ^ ^ rom ot h er impure Metals : After 
, LjJ be fame manner alfo the Imagination ftriketh 
’ t J )icke, and worketh it felf unto the high eft de- 
vh« > ree ’ a ^ er there will be a relucency thereof, 
D m it is received in a veflel in the man , as the 

idor crtne a rmn ls rcceave< ^ tn the Matrix of 
j lhe woman, whereby the conception of the wo- 
J An immediately follows.So doth the Pt ftilence 
y Jgofrom one to another, fo long till it fpread o- 
I f^f era whole City or Country: Iris good there- 
tofore to keep far cff ; not becaufe of any corrupt 
, j or infected Aire, for it infers not the Aire, ( as 
lc a ]j ome Ignorant people lay) but that they may 
un(1 iot fee or heare the operations of the Peftilence, 
one (vhich may infeft their mindes. But thofe peo- 
ple to vv h° m any fuch newes is reported as be- 
maB ‘Orefaid , ought not to be left alone, neither 
^ i, null they be fuffered to mufe filently with them- 
thK | elves, whereby the Imagination may labour in 
ji v{ theif mindes ; but they are to be comforted, 
w j, ( md the Imagination is to be expelled from their 
\A Dindes , by exciting them to mirth and joy : 
^Neither let any think that I fpeak this as a fable. 
j t M though it fhould leem to be a light bufinefs ; 
7 ^either is the remedy foeafie for oppreft Ima- 
] j,j ^nations; for the Imagination is as it were pitchy 
| j t j »hich eafily cleavcth and fticketh , andioone 
dlei iketh fire, which being kindled, is not fo eafily 

JF extin- 


6% Paracelfus of 

tk f iav( 

extinguished : wherefore the oncly remedy 
refill the Peftilence in fuch men , is to quent ^ 
and expel the force of the Imagination. Thisi 
one example wherein the power and operatioi 
of the Imagination is declared, with the exhali 
tions thereof. 

But now tofpeake of another example,ltnoJ 
that the Imagination doth not onely operate o 
men in time of Peftiience, and to deprive man 
of their lives, but alio in war : how many ha« 
perifhed in war with the feare of the (hot ? tin 
caufe of whole death hath been onely their Ima 
gination which they have had unto their death 
That is, they have been fo greatly overwhelm 
with feare, and fo terrified at every fhot , thai 
they have thought no otherwile but that tbq 
(hould be wounded with every dart : fuch met 
are far oftner flaine then thofe that are bold, 
who go couragioufiy and without feare again! 
their enemies ; they feare no (hot or wounij j 
but have a firm faith and hope of Viflory 
yond the other Souldiers ; luch are flout 
true Souldiers: how many Towers, Caftles, 
tyes and Countryes have fuch warred again! 
and overcome and Vanquifhedthe people there 
of? But the other that are fearful, whether thq 
be great or little, Noble or Ignoble, Knight 
Earls, or others, dofcarce deiervea balfe- 
to go againft an enemy , much lefs any 
Wherefore it becometh him that defireth to 
an old Souldier,or to gain Knight-hood or an] 
honour in war, to fix and fallen his minde ant 
Imagination firmly upon fome moll cxcellen 


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bt c hic 



f ' whit 

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1 flout Head and leader of an Army, fuch as Julius 
Csfar^nd many amongft the Romans have been ; 
and by fo doing, if he know how to ufe this Ima- 
gination well * and be of a firm and conftaht 
minde, and as he if would attain to and accom- 
plifh all the heroick noble a& s of fuch a man ; 
he fhall not onely attain to be an old Souldier, 
0 but (hall accomplifh his defires in attaining to 
the like honours. 

This hath fuddenly happened to many who 
ve followed the procefs of their Imagination, 
fothat they have attained to great honour and 

Object. But fome may ObjeSl , that fortune^ 
rength and indufiry hath helped, them, and promo- 
ttd [neb men ; alfo , that fome have werne herbs 9 
rootes and fiones^ &c. by ireafon of the virtue where- 
if they could not be overcome nor wounded. 

Anfw. I lay that all thefe things are conforts 
ind helpers with the Imagination, which is the 
hf' chiefc and general ruler over all others ; al- 
though I grant that there are many fuch things, 
which do preferve in the greateft ncceflfity a-' 
gainft all enemies and their Armes, fo that he 
that wears them, could not be wounded; where- 
of I (hall make no mention in this place, but re- 
Wit to another. Nefverthelefs faith is the ex- 
ration and confirmation of all thofe thingsrfor 
ithout faith thefe things and all fuch like are 
%ne and void of firength. 


his i 

;now) h( 

' ha' 





t a 

• thq 


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: an: 

V i 


Paracelfus of 

Of treafttre and %jches bid under the Earth, 


fhali declare fomthing concerning Trca* 
fures hid under the Earth 5 and fhew fome 
meanes whereby they are known and gotten, 
And alio what things, fomtimes evil, and won- 
derful, do happen about them. 

The firft thing to be treated of, fhali be the 
fignes whereby they are known, that it may be 
certainly made manifeft, and not out of meere 
opinion onely. 

Note that it cometh to pafs, where fuch places 
are, that there do appear many Phantafmes, and 
fomtimes immoderate ft range noifes are heard) 
wherewith they that go out in the night are 
ftrucke with terror and feare j fo that fomtimes 
they are caft into a cold fweate, and their haire 
of their head Hands upright, which for the mod 
part happens on the Sabbath night* Alio if any 
lights do appear and l'eem to fall about thole 
places, and there their light is extinguifhed and 
goeth out ; and fomtimes there feeme to be 
great flafhes of wind in their houfe whofe the 
trealure is, and where itis hid ; and there are 
feene many vifions and ftrange Phantafies : and 
many ftrange Rumors and noifes are there 
heard. Where fuch things happen, they are 
heard and do fhew themfelves moft commonly 
about rhe mid die time of the night: And the 
caufeof thefe noifes and fights are , common 


that t 1 








to pal 
they ] 
that 1 



hid a 
the d< 
he ha 

ftay a 
it is a 

ly may 





Occult Thilofophy 6i 

that there is treafure hid, in or about that place, 
neither is there any other reafon thereof to be 
given. Neverthelels many who have notun- 
derftood thefe things , have had many various 
opinions hereof. 

Some have thought that thefe Phantafies have 
been caufedby the devil, or by fome Inchant- 
ment ♦ or by fome in that houfe who have fome 
worke or famliartty with the Devil, or who have 
given or bound themfelves to the devil , or have 
made fome promife unto him, whereby it comes 
topafs that that wicked and malknant accufer 
caufeth thefe things to be feene ana heard , that 
they might expeil the expiration of their dayes, 
which he doth fo much defire fhould be ful- 

Others do believe , that fome have been fe- 
cretly died and buryed there ; others do thinke 
that fome wicked man hath died in that place, 
whole Spirit hath been forced to wander there- 
abouts : and there have been other various and 
fundry opinions. 

But all thefe Judgements are vaine and falfe, 
except onely thole who conclude that the oc- 
cafion of the noifes are, that there is treafure 
hid about that place; or that fometimes when 
the devil bath been driven out of fom body that 
he hath pcfffeffed , he hath been permitted to 
Hay aboutjthat place: but where thole noifes are, 
it is a great Teftimony that there is treafure hid 

There are two kinds of treafures hidjfome that 
be found, and fome that cannot be gotten ; 

F3 the 

ly may 



66 Pharacelfus of 

the difference whereof is this: fuch is eafieto be 
found, which containeth the Metals of Gold and 
fiber, and are fuch kinde as we make, and have 
onely been ufed and handled among!! men : that 
kinde of treafure is not eafie to be found, which 
is Gold and fiber, that is made, coyned, and 
hid by the Nymphes and Sylphes ; which kinde of 
Gold and fiber doth fomtimes come to be found 
and ufed asnongft men, and is by the Nymphs 
fuddenly again buryed in the earth , ana after- 
wards cannot eafily be found and gotten again. 

Thefe things are moft worthy our knowledge, 
especially the fignes before fpoken of are mod 
diligently to be noted ; becaufe there are 
Madcal Rods, which are deceitful, and are too 
eafily inclinable to bend to any money that i; 
let fall or loft. 

There are other vinous alfo which appearc 
in looking-glaifes,Chrifials, and fuch like things, 
which Nigromancers that dig ttealures do ufe t 
but they^ are all falfe and deceitful ; wherefore 
there is little credit to be given unto them. 

# We come now to fpeake of the manner of 
digging for treafure, how a time may be taken 
that we may^ have a happy progrefs in the dig* 
ging, which is as followeth. Firft, under an in- 
fluence of the Moone or Saturn^ and when the 
JMoone tranfits Taurm^ Caprtcorne or Virgo , is a 
good time to begin to feeke or dig after trea- 
it?re. Neither need you ufe any other Ceremo- 
nies, nor to draw any Circles, or to ufe any In* 
chantments whatfoever ; onely thofe that dig 
mull be of a chee refill minde , free and aliena*? 































th : 



0 be 
!e of 

1 this 








t if 







l a 

is a 

ted from any evil thoughts or cogitations, and 
n ot to be moved, nor feare any phantafies,vifions, 
or Imaginations of the Spirits : although they 
fhould corporally appeare, yet they are onely 
vifions. Therefore thofe that dig ought to dif- 
courfe,fing,and be cheereful, and not to be af- 
frighted at any thing, but to have a good courage: 
And by no meanes foever let them keepe 
filencc, as fome perfidious Negromancers have 

Now when they come neere to the place 
where theTreafure is, that it is almofi dete&ed, 
and do hearemany noiics^ and firange vifions 
andhorible fights are leene, which oftentimes 
happens to be : It Iheweth that the Vjgmies and 
Sylphesztz there, who do envy that men fhould 
have thofe treafures ; and will not willingly 
part from them, efpecially if it he their own, or 
fuch as they brought thither. Such treafures are 
to beleft,if the keepers thereof confent nor. 
And although they may be gotren and taken a- 
way as a Robbery from thofe keepers , yet 
thefe keepers have an Art whereby they can 
change thefe treafures, in this way gained, into a 
vile and bafe matter, as into earth, clay ,dung,and 
fuch-like things , ( as I have feene by examples:) 
wherefore when any fuch tranfmutations happen, 
we are not therefore to defpaire in our mindes, 
although we find nothing like either Gold or 
filver, neither would any one fuppofe any fuch 
thing to be there. We ought therefore to fly to 
the holy Scripture, which laith thus , God fhaii 
judge the world by fire; and in the Pialmes thus, 

F 4 Geld 

* I'i 

6 8 

Paracelfus of 

Gold and filvcr are tryedin the fire, and atSom 
found pure and cleane : wherefore in any injure 
tranfmutations, the fire ought to be the jud°e aftei 
the proceeding in the tryal thereof, ought to°k this 
after the fame manner , as the refining and f ( treaf 
paraung of minerals and Metals ; And by thj and 
meanes,ic will be forced of necefiity to retail ithey 
to the fame eflence which it had before. w flf 
. Tiiere is another thing remarkcable in theft a pi 
kmdes of tranfmutations j forfomtimes the db- fame 
gers are deluded, and there are found oftentima com 
pots of earth, full of brafs, ridiculous things and It h 
matter, as bones, egge-flhells, pieces of wood, and whe 
fuch things, which have been buryed there many they 
years before. And they that have found the lyo' 

^ av -f iu PP °^ 11 t0 bs the true treafure, wo 
Gold or Silver, and to have been changed by the foil* 
cvilSpirits ; which is falfe. For treafure found nefs 
fuddenly and unfoug^t for , cannot be changed that 
by the Spirits, but r£maineth in the fame tab- after 
fiance which it had before. Therefore thefe frorr 
things are not to be accounted a cranlmutation, fits, 
but rather a vexatiomfor fomtime thefe vexers of houf 
men do bury fuch things, that they which feekt 
afterthe treafure might labour in vainei There 1 cau 


tore fuch things are nor to be regarded, which hit 
are of no worth,and may eafily be known by the fuc 
light nefs of their weight But if they be of l gn 
h £ a yy ponderous body, like to a Mineral or no 
Mineral land, there may an ezperii^eist thereof the 
be made by fire. >v < yy 

That we may omit nothing that may conduced! 

J * 4 *- lux v liWL lll&y LUliuUlv 

pepeunto, we will a dde alfo this objefiion, 

• - as .< t, ; v Some 

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Occult Tbilofophy. dp 

ap Some may aske, How comes it to pafs that Trea- 
fure is fomtime eafily found which is not fought 
after ? The caufe whereof we may fuppofe to be 
this. Thofe Spirits which are the keepers of 
fe treafures , do bell know the mindes, thoughts, 
and cogitations of men : therefore becaufe 
they know, that men have not any thoughts or 
will to dig or feeke after any treafures in fuch 
a place, they give no diligence to keepe the 
lame, neither do they fui'peS it; whereby it 
comes to pafs, that it is eaflly taken from them. 
It happeneth to them, as it doth to thofe men 
who luddeniy get fome prey from their enemies, 
they not thinking of them, whereby the are cafi- 
ly overcome , or fpoiled by them. There are 
two caufes chiefly why treafures are fo greedily 
fought after by men. The firft is the Covetous 
nefs of them who thirft after riches; & the other, 
that thofe places where the treafures are^nkht be 
afterwards made habitable, fecure, fafe, and quiet 
"ran being infeftedor moleftedwith fuch Spi- 
rits. For there are at this day many ancient 
of houfes and Cattles which are inhabitable, by 
reafon of thefe kinde of Spirits : and the chiefe 
jcaufe thereof is, that there are great treafures 
:h hid about thefe places. In thofe places where 
“fuch things happen, it is chiefly neceffary that 
great care be taken in the digging thereabout ; 
not fo much for the money and treafure, as that 
the place may again be made quiet and habitable. 
Mien any one goeth about this worke with 
!iligent digging , one of thefe things common- 
y happens ; either the treafure is found , or 




c dig- 



1 the 
y the 
thefe fr 

j the fm 

reef th 


Paracelfus of 

carried deeper in the earth, or removed by th^ uf c 

keepers to fome other place ; as vifions in pii t J? U n c. 
Ghriftals have often fhewn, and as they have J ° co ’ n 
told the diggers : I now fee many Pygmies^ take ™ t j 
the treafure quite away. Credit ought to bt ( D 
given hereunto, and the digging to ceafe. 


if he 

It is further to be known, by how much the' \ 

y j ' ¥ my 

greater noifes are heard about the place, and c or 
lights, and vifions feen, by fomuch greater the.r a ii 
treafure is to be judged to be, and neerer to the * 
fuperficies of the earth.- ® 




Chap. VIII. 

Of thofe that are pojfejfed of malignant Spirits , < 
of the Devil, 

lent, a 
, tvill,th 
' he is t 

• A Fter what manner men are poffefled 
f\<" ~ ' “ 

^overcome by the Devil, the Apoftle Pet^ 
largely writeth and declareth unto us : But that 
the words of his admonition may be underftootj 
according to the true fence thereof, a little ex- 
pofition is needful : For the Apoftle briefly and 
Summarily comprehendeth the whole matter ifl 
two words , to wit, faffing and prayer : Theie t 
feem to be very little and light things at the fall j 
fight ; neverthelefs they are of very great Mo 
ment,and fignifie very many things, if they be 
confidered rightly and attentively : WhetiJ 
therefore the Apoftle Peter doth fo earneftly ad-^ 
monifh us, faying^ Be ye fober and watch : fa! 


be is a; 

then fi 
:ith y ( 


ill he 

? thofe 

res ; 

r thi 

:obe i 


► and 

> the 


: ex- 


j be 



! foj 

Occult ‘ Thilofophy . 

tfjuf enemy the Devil goeth about as a raging 
^ion, feeking whom he may devoure; Afterwards 
leconcludeth, that by faith we may be able to 
lift the Devil 5 therefore Peter would have us 
underftand his firft word of Sobriety, fo, ay 
if he fhould fay. Beware of allkindc of glut- 
tony and drunkennefs. 

For drunkennefs is the fountain and original 
of all evils and vices, which are a&ed and corn- 
pleated by drunkards through the perfwafions of 
the Devil: wherefore obferve a mean in meat 
tnddrinke, left your hearts be troubled and bur- 
dened therewith ; for the Devil is alway pre- 
lent, although invifible; he is a Spirit, and under- 
hdeth all Arts, and can be in what place he 
nil, throughout the Circuit of the whole earth : 
he is the author and A&orof all evil and wick- 
ednefs which is done by men in the whole earth; 
dels as watchful over mankinde,as a Cat is over a 
meufe : wherefore he feducethyou unawares, 
when you have filled your felves with wine ; and 
then filleth up all vices in you : he then ccmpaf- 
;eth you about with his fnares.and bonds, as the 
hang - man doth evil-doers and malefactors, tin- 
he hath killed them ; fo alfo doth he with 
ofe that are drunke ; befieging them with 
Inares and Temptations, untill he either hath 
deftroyed their bodyes, or brought them into 

Take heed to your felves therefore,Oh you Epi- 
Mres and drunkards,and alfo Souldiers, who are 
Iways filled with wine night and day. Therefore 
fouldier that fo overcharged! himfclf with meat 




ji Paracelfus of 


ordrinke, ought to be accounted brutifh t 
iwine, leeing both of them are Ignorant and n»|ere< 
certain of the time of their death, or how Too® here 
they may be flaine. |j ner 

This is the meaning of the firft word of St*j*r 
Peter of Sobernefstnow we come to underhand for 
what he meaneth by watching. 

By watching Peter teemeth to underhand, as i 
hefhould fay, Walkein uprightnefs and juiticcj 
be of good courage, not faint-hearted ; caftawaj 
all evil thoughts and cogitations, and all Phani 
tafies of the Devil, that Tuch Imaginations may fift th 
not have any place with you ; For hereby many 
have been overwhelmed and befieged by the de- 
vil, the realon whereof hath been their own 
wicked and evil thoughts and Imaginations, 
Therefore relinquifh and caft them all away, and 
have God always before your eyes ; pray unto 
him, and let him be onely in your thoughts 
make your felves like unto him and his children, 
and then he will fend you his holy Spirit , who 
will guard you, rule you, and declare the won- 
derful workes of his mercy by you, as he hath that 
done by Paul and all the other Apoftles, who 
have been all after this manner preferved by his 

holy Spirit ; follow them therefore, and exclude of 01 

not it 
jour < 
not p 
not, c 


you c 

and caft away the Devil and all evil cogitation^ 

and wicked thoughts, wherewith we may alfo many 
leduce and deceive our felves , and thereby at* Holy 
tra& and draw the devil into us , and be cor*fuchj 
porally befieged and pofteflfed by him , and focomf 
come into desperation , that we may deftroy outiian : 
own lives; even ak did jW**, Jchttophel, audio th: 
many others. Thuftnyc 


Occult ‘Phtlofophj, 73 

h n; Thus much of watching, & the interpretation 
i ito thereof, which Peter would have to be underftood 
Donmereby. For by watching he doth not mean ab- 
sence from the bead and fleep,as the Carthttfi- 
f St,#; and other Monafteries do teach and obferve; 
hi br God created and ordained reft and fleepe, 
and firft fuffered ic to enter into Adam. Where- 
, as it fere every one ought to fleepe in due feafon, as 
iicejjiuch as his nature requireth, &c. 
way Laftly, note how Peter concludeth and con- 
harb firmeth his word from God, laying, Let us re- 
may lift the devil by faith ; as if he ftiould fay , Do 
lany not in any wife fticke or ftumble at the word of 
:de* God, or doubt of his mercy; do you not burden 
own your confcience , nor trouble your hearts ; do 
ons, jot perfwadc your felves thatGod regardeth you 
and not, or that he is forgetful of you ; or that he 
into iccounteth you unworthy of his mercy, fo that 
ksj you ought not to come unto him, becaufe you 
endive aSed againft his Divine will, or have 
vho broken his commandments, and committed 
ton* nany fins : But rather, firmly believe his word, 

lath that Chrift would not the death of a (inner, but 
who rather that he {hould be converted, and 
' his 'ive : Alfo, that he came into the world becaufe 
ude of our fins, that he might take them from us up- 
ms, on himfelf; which alfo he hath done : there are 
alfo many fuch comfortable words to be found in the 
at-jHoly Scriptures, whi h ought to be propofed to 
:or4uch perfons as are weake in their faith, for their 
1 fobmfort and confolation: After this manner* 
outman refifteth an evil confcience and the Devil, 
andfothat he is freed from them, and not tempted 
husany more* Of 


74. Paracelfus of 

Chap. IX. 

Of the manner of delivering them that are pojfy »« 
by evil Spirits, and the great abnfe which hither* ty 
to hath been committed by many , in fnch kid 
of bujinefs , 





N Ow to come to fpeake of the driving away 
of evil Spirits 5 it is to be known, that very 
fewfince the times of Chrift and his Apoftlcs 
have rightly been driven away. For they knew 
not how to uie any other meanesbutCeremo 
nyes and Conjurations , wherewith they en 
deavored to expel the malignant Spirits and the 
devil ; whereas this is altogether a falfe found* 
tion, and by no meanes to be followed or imi* 
tated. Although fometimes forrie have been 
delivered by this way, and the devil hath been 
driven from them 5 neverthelefs it hath not 
been done, neither can it be done without lofst 
Like as if a Prince would vanquilh fome Country 
or City, with the Sword, this he could not pof* 
nbly do without fome apparent damage and lofs 
to that place. A common proverb hereby com* 
eth to minde, which faith. That he that cahnot 
get good words from good men, fhall much lefs 
wrelt them frqm evil men , although they be 
compelled by force:themore evil is to befearedj 
exa ? 1 P* es is too often leentocometo pafs. 
Therefore chit opinionated power is to be re - 

- linquiM^ 




go c 







Occult 'Tbilofophy '. 

ljuquifhed which is ufed in Ceremonies and 
Conjurations. But you ought to expell wicked 
Spirits as Chrift and his Apoftles did, and no o» 
ther way : But if you do otherwife,you under- 
take great Labours againft the Devil: for certain- 
ly the Devil is forced through great difficulty to 
go out of men, and feeketh all iniquities and wic- 
ked occafions to flay, and retain them in his 
power. But when he feech that he can no longer 
[lay, and remain in the poffeffed,but is forced to 
go out* then he requireth power and licence to 
enter into fome other man , or beaft* or into 
fome other place : which if he be permitted, 
there followeth a gr eater lofs thereupon. 

Therefore there is no other place to be per- 
mitted or affigned unto him, but hell , from 
whence he cometh, and which God hath ordain- 
ed for him, and caft him intojthat it may not hap- 
pen, as we have an example (as we faithfully be- 
ieve) when Chrift permitted the devil which he 
call out of the man, to enter into the herd of 
(wine, which no fooner had the devil entred in- 
to them, but they were drowned in the Sea^ 
Therefore they are in no wife to be permitted to 
enter into any other men, left fuddenly after 
they deprive them of their lives , as they did 
thefefwine: Neither are they to be permitted 
to go into any Rivers, lakes, or ponds ; which 
if it fhould be done , they will drown many 
fflen therein* and draw them into the deepe un- 
der thofe waters ;and will deride them as a fool 
doth his matter with his fingers ; and therewith 
aedthe devils are mote delighted then beforemeither 

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Paracelfiis of 





ought they to have any power given them, or t(f, ttier 
their defires to go into any hoiife or Cattle ; for 
they will perpetually poffefs it, and will foreign 
there, that no body will any more be able to 
dwell or inhabit in that place, but they will a], 
way be inhabitable , as many both houfes and * ian£ 
Cattles are in many Countries, which are left de- ^ er 
lolate for this very caufe ; many whereof I could ^ 
name in this place, butlpafsthem by, to avoyd 
prolixity : let Satan therefore aske what he will, 
where, or to what place he would go , nothin® 
elfe ought to be granted to him, then to return 
into hell, which God ordained for him, and thrutt 
him into: from whence he came into the man, 
and into which he ought to enter when he goeth 
out of the man,&c. 

Alfo if the devil (hall caufe the man to fpeake 
many vaine trifles,we ought not to anfwer there- 
unto, or to fpeake much with him : But if any 
one will fpeake with him , let him fay , I com- 
mand thee, Ob thou unclean Spirit, by the word, 
power and virtue whereby thou wert caft out by 
Chrift & his Apoftles, that thou go out of this man. 
&c. He is no other way to be conjured ; neither 
are thefe words to be taken for a Conjuration 
but for an anfwer, by which alone he is not caft 
out : but this is firft to be done, to wit, to watch 
and pray ; for Chrift faith , This kinde is onely 
to be caft out by fatting and prayer with faith. 

Wherefore it is chiefly neceflary to induce 
and force fuch as are thus potted, to prayer j! 
though it be very difficult to be done,becaufe the °ur 
<devil fo Ruleth their tongues , that he fufferethN 
' them 




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' any 
it by 


them not to pray ; Therefore there muft be 
payers made before them ; and if they will not 
pray with and after thofe that are praying , they 
nuft be more (harply dealt withall j Thar is to 
, the pofEeffed mnft be faft bound both his 
Jj bands and feete* and i afterwards let fome o- 
thermanlie acrofs over them , and (hew him- 
to be very angry with them, and feverely 
compel them to prayer: but he ought to pray be- 
fore thetp, and to exhort them to pray after him 
the fame words; By this meanes fuch people 
may be induced to pray, when they cannot be 
brought to it by any other meanes ; which ought 
to be continued day by day, and the devil will go 
out of them and leave them. This (hall fuffiee 
to have fpoken concerning the calling out of un- 
deane and evil Spirits, becaule I am retrained,- 
to ufe brevity in other places, : < 

c origin 

T Hat we may now come to fpeakof th 

nal of Tempefts, & how they may be expel- 
led away ; Alfc how and by what meanes any 
one may preferve himfeif and his from Thunder, 
e lightning and haile : We fhali declare in the firft 
•place , that all Tempefts do proceed from the 
e lour Capital windes, viz,, the Eafi y Sonth^tVefi^ 
nd North : Then from the Centre of botfy 

G th 


Paracelfus of 

that is to (ay, of the Aire and Firmament , theft 
are no tempefts can arife ; But from the font 
Fountaines before Ipoken of, which comes chief, 
ly to be confidered 

Wherefore he that defires to preferve his 
goods, Houfe, Lands, garden, field, meadow, and 
fuch things from all manner of thunder, hails 
and Tempeft 5 he ought firft to know thefi 
things, whereby he may alfo know how to aflimi- 
late inferiours to Superiours. We will therefore 
in this place briefly declare the original of all 

The original of tempefts is certainly nothing 
elfe,but the appearance of Spirits ; and ligf 
or corrulcation preceding , is the prefence of 
them : whereby it may be certainly known, whe« 
ther thole tempefts will pafs away withd 
without danger; and that after this manner is to 
be underftood ; to wit, as a ftranger will not e& 
ter into any ones houfe, unlefs firft hefpeake, fo 
thefe Spirits do not appeare unto os without 
fpeaking firft .But their voice is thunder, which ft 
we fee immediately follows every flafhof light 
ning. Alfo if a ftranger fhould fuddenly fly into 
the houfe of another, where he is not known; 
kfeems to fignifie no good,but evil rather; either 
he himfelfis prolecuted by others, or elfe brings 
fome damage to them. So likewife are we to 
underftand of the lightning of heaven ; the more 

quickie comes, the more dangerous it is,forcom* 

to hj 

monly fome Thunder-bolt followes. It is there* 
fore very neceffary to know how every one may 
defend and favfi himfelf herefrom, that he noc |Spfri 





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is to 
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jnto Tome place that he would not, or receive 
fome other hurt : the Ringing of Bells do availe 
nothing in thefe cafes ; although I do not rejeft 
them) efpecially in fuch tempers as are caqfed 
by Magicians inchantments , by reafoft of the 
Spirits by them railed in the Aire. For the Spi- 
rits do love filence and quietnefs, whereby it 
comes to pafs that great noifes, as the founds of 
bells and Trumpets, do partly diminifli anddif- 
perie tempers by them Birred up : But in 
Thunders and haile they do no good , as the 
Monks and Sacrifices have to their lofs too often 
found. And for this caufc they ufed ceremo- 
nies , wherewith they feduced the Vulgar and 
common people, perfwading them that belprihk- 
jjpg places with holy water ( as they call it ) pre- 
ferved them fafe from Thunder and haile ; like- 
wife by burning holy candles, or fome palme, 
or other herb by them fan&ified,or with the per- 
fume of Frankincenfe, or Myrrheof thefe facrifi- 
cers they were preferved fecure. 

0 thou fool, and unwife facrificer and Monk, 
who art hitherto Ignorant of thefe things ; and 
underftahdeft them not, in this place thou mayft 
be taught the contrary ;how thatMalmnantSpirits 
ire not driven away with fweet perfumes , but 
ire mightily delighted therwith, and do run more 
freely 8c fwiftly to them, then to ftinking iineils ; 
whether they be good Spirits or evil. But if in 
Scad of Frankincenfe and Myrrhe,you had taught 
to have made a fumigation of *Ajfa Tetida, you 
might therewith drive away both good and evil 
Spirits : For the good odour of Frankincenfe 

Hz and 

and Myrrh is nothing elfe but the Sacrifice of the 
Spirits, wherewith we attra<ft and draw them 
unco ils. But of this we have Spoken enough. 

Now to return to that which we intended to 
write of-and firft,how any place may be preserved 
from Thunder and haile : note therefore, that to 
placfra preservative in the centre of a houfe, gat- 
den,orfie;ld,&c. * availeth not at all ; but at the 
fdur Angles, Somhy and North ; then 

the place (hall be Secured : as a building fee upon 
foiir Piiiars is niOre ftrong and firmethen that 
which is foutided Onely upon one , which is Set 
in the middle of the centre, or Some other place: 
thiVis more eafily overthrown by the winde or 
Spirits. Now the materials which belong to 
this' preservative, and of which thefe four pillars 
are made, note that they ccnfift of fimple bodies, 
every one whefeof is (ufficient,and hath ftremgth 
and virtue in it Self for the effects before Spoken 
of : As Mugwort, St John's wort, Pere w inde, 
Celandine, Rue, Devils bit, and many Such herbs 
and roots, and especially if they be gathered and 
taken in the right influence. 

There are alSo other things of far greater 
flrength and vertue ; as Coral, Azoth ; and one 
of theChara&ers before Spoken of being drawn 
in a certain table, or ingraven : In theSe three 
things is a g^at Secret againft all Inch antrnents 
and workes of witches and the Devil himfelf. 
In which preservatives we may truftin our great* 
eft nece0ities. 










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Occult Thilofophy. 81 

Chap. XI. 

Of the great abufeof the (JWagicke ^4rt by them 
that fife it for Negromancy and Witch-craft. 

T He Magicke Art in it felf, is the moft fecret 
and occult fcience of all fupernatual things 
in the world : That thofe things which are im- 
polTible to be fearched out by humane reafons, 
by this Art, to wit, Magick, it may be found out 
and known : wherefore it is the moft occult' and 
fecret wifedom; and reafoning againft it, is no- 
thing elfe but extream folly. It were therefore 
very neceffary that the Divines would learn* to 
know fomething of this Art, and be experienced 
in Magick what it is ; and not fo unworthily, 
without any ground at ail, to call it Witchcraft. 
The Magical fcience were very profitable for 
them to know, feeing they will undertake to be 
the Matters and .teachers bf the holy Scriptures, 
and perfwade them feives to be ib : Not that I 

would have themufe the Magical Art,or operate 
any thing by it ; but to be expert therein, and to 
know the virtues and effe&s thereof , for the 
high and great myfterious fecrets which are hid- 
den in the holy Scriptures, delivered by the A- 
poftles, Prophets, and Chrift himfelf; and which 
we by our humane reafon cannot underhand nor 
Of fearch out. 

What Divine that is Tgforaflt of Magicke, 

G 3 can 

Sz Paracelfus of 

can caft out the Devil , drive away or bindc a 
Spirit, or that can call one unto him, and com. 
fuand him to come ? or that which is far lefs,can 
heheale the lick, or adminifter any other help to 
him by his faith alone?! wil be filept of his remo- 
ving a mountain into the Sea. There followedi 
then that faith whereof Chrift fpeaketh, of which 
they underhand neither much nor little : Never- 
thelcfs they make a great fhew and pcofeflioti 
thereof with their mouthes, and do teach and 
fpeake much thereof ; but themfelves know not 
how to make proofe thereof, or to give any 
figne thereof, by their faith, whereby it maybe 
faid that they underhand this faith, and to make 
ufe of it in the proofe thereof. But if any one 
ifhould come, who by his faith and Magicke 
fhould perform a good figne, you having not the 
ireafon of knowing whether it be good or evil, 
will forthwith call him a Negromancer and 
Witch , becaufe he hath done fomething abdve 
your reafon and humane wifdomjwhen you your 
felves cannot tell how to difeemea Negroman- 
cer or Witch, from a Magician. 

Magicke is therefore amoft neceffary andpurt 
Art; not defiled nor corrupted with any Cere- 
monies or Conjurations, as Nigromancy : For 
in Magicke there is no ufe of Ceremonies, Con- 
fecrations. Conjurations, Bleflings or Curfes; 
but of faith alone wjiereof Chrift ifpeaks, laying} 
that by it we fihall be able to remove Mountains 
and caft them into the Sea; And to compel, loofe, 
and binde all Spirits : -This is the true founda- 
tions and Inftrument of Magicke. 

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Tniely therefore it is a thing chiefly neceflary 
to iooke into this Art, that it be not turned 
into fuperflition and abuie, and to the definiti- 
on or damage of men ; and hereby it is made Ni- 
gromancy , and Witch-craft ; and at length , 
not undefervedly , fo called by all men , be- 
caufe Witches and Sorcerers have violently in- 
truded themfelves into the Magieke Art, like 
Swine broke into a delicate Garden. So is Ma- 
gicke corrupted and made Nigromancy by thefe 
perfidious men 5 wherefore it hath not unde- 
fervedly been burnt in the fire with thefe Wit- 
ches and Sorcerers. For thefe kinde of men 
are the moft nocent and hurtful, and the worft e- 
nemiesto mankinde, that they have not wOrfe^ 
enemies in all the world, which profecute them 
with a more deadly hatred : from a prefent pub- 
lique enemy, and corporal perfecuter , who en- 
deavoreth to invade us with the moft cruel wea- 
pons, Guns, or Darts ; we may beware of fuch 
a one , or take up Arms againft him for our 
defence, with Brigandines or Darts, &c. or elfe 
a man may tarry in his houfe, and keep himfe if, 
fuffering none to enter in but his Friends. But 
of thefe Witches and Sorcerers, no man can be- 
ware or defend himfelf,becaule againft this kind 
of Enemies of God and men, no Weapons, Coats 
ofMayl or Brigandines will help, no (butting of 
doors, or locks 5 for they penetrate through all 
things, and all things are open unto them. And 
if any one were inclofedin Towers of Iron or 
Brafs, he would not thereby be fecured from 
thefe enemies ; Although in their own proper 

G 4 bodies 


; ■ 

ii : 

Paraceifus of 

bodies they feldom bring hurt to any one , buttcafoii 
raife up, and fend Spirits unto them, by their corWP^ 
rupt Faith, and hurt them in iome part of theii bevvies 
bodies, although they are abfent from them an here fi 
hundred miles diftancej they either fmite, wound ° 
or kill them, although no outward and external 
wound can be feen appear : becaufe they cannot | 
hurt the outward man, but only the internal fpi. 

tir. Wherefore no Coats of Mayl can defend ind af 

them, be they never fo good ; but they muft put 
on other weapons and fortifications, to wit, the 
Armor of Faith : This is the true way, and then 
let him be clothed with a Xftnen garment, the 
wrong end turned upwards : and after that hath 
been often worn, thou (halt be more fafely deli- 
vered, than if thou wert armed and girt with all 
manner of weapons. 

Although there are many prefervatives which 
will keep and defend men from all thefe Fafti 
nations and Witchcrafts which are wrought bj 
the arifing.of thefe evil Spirits, fuch as are Coral, 
Azoth, and the like, which being ufed according 
to their due ufe and order, will well preferve front 
thefe enormities before fpoken of. For the pre- 
vention and prefervation from them is eafie, but 
the cure is difficult; neverthelefs it ispoffible: 
But in fuch cafes, the proceeding thereunto muf 
be magical and fupernatural : From thence fprung 
that faying which fome ufe, That none tan better 
help the bewitched, than them that hurt them: 
This is a true faying which cannot be contra- 
dicted : but they which ufe it, underftand not 
f he Catife of this thing, neither can they give any 
•> v . • reafoa 



go, ui 

than 1 
any < 

Occult Tbilofopby. 85 

bnncafon thereof, why Witches dobeft of all, moft 
coMippily, readily, and Purely help, and Cure : the 
cheit bewitched : Therefore of this thing you Shall be 
tn here Sufficiently inftru&ed. , . 

Some Witches make and form Images in 
h the form and likenefs of feme man which they 
i t propofe to themfelves, and conceive in their own 
1 ipj. minds ; and do ftick a nail in the foie of his foot, 
fend ind after this manner hurt the man , that he in- 
fifthly feeleth the pain of a nail in his foot, and 
isfo tormented therewith, that he is not able to 
go, until the nail is pulled out of the foot of the 
Image ; which being drawn away, the man is hea- 
led: which no man knoweth better how to do, 
than he that fixed the nail in the Image ; nor 
where it was fixed, or what the Caufe of the Dif- 
eafewas. ' . 

It oftentimes alfo cometh to pals, that after 
the fame manner a nail is fomtimes by theie wit- 
ches fixed in the teeth of the Image of the man, 
l'o that afterwards he cannot take any reft m his 
teeth, unlefs the nail be taken away, or his teeth 
drawn out: In like manner are nails ftruckmto 
any other members of the Image by thefe arch- 
Sorcerers, and hereby they hurt men without 
making any impreftion or figne thereof upon 

their skin. , 

Oftentimes alfo it fo happeneth to men, that 
there arife Tumors in their heads or elfewhere a- 
bout their bodies, which are like Puihes ; or sky- 
colour fpots, that appear fuddenly and vex men in 
their bodies, as if they had been beaten wit* 
knotted Robes : to whom any fuch accident 
. napr 

l put 
, the 

: afci- 
it bj 
, but 


8 6 

Paracelfus of 

hippeneth without any vifible blow or braife, 
be percei«d ; he will not judge any otherwi&ned ! 
but that he is fmitten by thefe Images. ' T& t 

It is too often feen to fall out, that a oicreb 
Sometimes lofeth an Eye fuddenly , or Xif r 
ftruck quite blind ; or deaf in one, or both Ears ain dt 
dumb, or fome imperfe&ion in his fpeech ; croo i hoc 
ked, lame, or dieth ; ail which accidents - 

• u a 

wrought by Witches , through the divine 

million : All which are Magical acceptions anotenh 

is a' 

torments, and are made and completed 

In thefe Cafes the Phyfitians ought to tab that t 
heed, and be advifed, that when they perceive 
fuch kinds of Difeafes to be fupernatural , thai 
then they do not judge them to be natural Dif* 
tafes, and fo think to Cure them with their com- 
mon Apothecaries Medicaments : For thereby 
they will reap nothing but difgrace, which oftei 
happens to many of them : It is a crpfs (fay tbcj) 
or affliction by God laid upon them, which no 
Phyfitian can help. Oh you Quackfalvers, hi 
not as you think, but indeed it is a chaftifemeut, 
by the permiffion of God, wrought by Witches 
and evil men ; wherefore the Phyfitian ought to 
confider the Signs, whereby he may know, ad 
judge of the Difeafe ; and thereby may inform 
himfelf which way to effe& the Cure thereof 

And Medicines are to be ufed,and applied there* heat 


In the firft place it is neceffary that he ask the hatl 


Patient, How, and in what manner the Difeafe 
took him , or happened unto him 5 what was-' W h< 


any c 
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Occult Thilofophy 


ifo tie original of the evil. Whether it were occa- 
icdl>y any fall, blow, thrull, bruife ; or if any 
^ier natural Caufe can be perceived ; or that 
ierebe anyFlux,or inward corruption of blood: 
if none of thefe figns appear, then let him a- 
n demand of the Patient, Whether he hath a- 
body in fufpitionthat is n enemy, or one not 
•wJbjng well to him, that might be a Witch ? If 
pet eanfwer that he hath fome millruft of any fuch, 
ant then he (hall judge that it hath happened to him 
tin is is above declared. Therefore it is moft necef- 
liry for the Phyfitian to underhand rightly after 
:akf what manner he is to deal with the Patient, if he 
deiire to be perfect in this art. But the Ancients 
kive not written at all any thing concerning this 
bade of Cure, neither Gotten nor Avicenna , nor 
any other ; we (ball therefore lay down the 
manner of the Cure in Order, which follows. 
They who are bewitched, cannot be Cured 
any better, than by hurting again the fame place 
iffliaed ; that b, by making { through Faith and 
imagination) fuch alike member as is hurt, or 
elfe a whole Image out of Wax, which he (hall 
cither anoint or binde up with Plailfers , where 
the Tumors, Signs, or Spots be, is a prefent help 
for that perfcn in whofe name it (hall be made ; 
and the pain (hall ceafe, &c. But if he be fo be- 
witched, that he is in danger to lofe an eye , his 
hearing ; or be impedited in the Generative fa- 
culty of his privy Members, in his Speech, or 
hq hath his Members made crooked or wreathed a- 
wry ; then let there be made an Image of the 
whole body of Wax, with a firm Faith, upon 


it is 








Paracelfus of 

which Image let the intent of your imaging t no 1 

be firmly fixed ; and afterwards let the yAat 

Image be confumed with fire in due order.M#h in 

no wonder that people bewitched are thus eaicked 
Cured : neither be like the Sophifters of the) liskk 3 
cademies, who feoff and deride at fuch thing my h 
and fay. That they are impoflibilities, and agaj is pre 
<Sod and Nature, becaufe they are not taught# h e c 
their Schools. Lie, 

It follows then, fince they are true, Thatpm 
Phyfitian ought not to reft only in that barter in 
knowledge which their Schools teach, butt 
learn of old Women, Egyptians, and Tuch-flj 
perfons ; for they have greater experience in fuc 
thing$,than all Academians. 

We come to fpeak alfo of the Dartings aa 
Jaculations of all Witches, as the Inchanters am. 
Witches do call them ; when they afflict any mail- 
that they infert afhes, hairs, feathers, brilfles o; iculat 
Hogs, fins of F ifhes, and fuch like things into lilhec 
the foot, or fome part of the body, without anjfmai 
opening of the skin. o y in 

But how, or after what manner this is don{,ither 
we (ball not here fpeak of ; left if it be known taught 
iome, it may be by them madeufe of to do eviliwhicl 
wherefore we fhall pafs it over, it being only ne-itch as 
ceffary to write of the manner of the Cure, that wd< 
the fame like wife may be effe&ed wichoity hir 
opening of the skin, and fuch griefs taken away, 124 
The way and ufe of the Ancients in fuch kinde latte 
of Cures, is eipecially to be avoided, who ufed tonjacu 
lance the part afteifed with Razors, about thcl (ha 
centre thereof, and that very deep, where thereon £ 


Occult < Philofopby 89 

om no hairs, nor any thing eife to be found ; and 
whafthat way of proceeding, do affiia the Patients 
[hmoft intolerable torments, as if they were 
eaicked in the hands of the hangman; for by 
hjskinde of Remedy, very few are Cured, but 
lininy have thereby loft their lives. Wherefore 
0J jjj proceeding is quite to be left, and a better 
?htlbe chofen j which is : Let fome quantity, the 
3 Lie, or half, much or little, of the like injacu- 
'hAd matter, which may be found and buried ei- 
Lrin an Elder pr Oak, and fixed with a wedge 
yards theEaft ; which being done, there needs 
Uny greater labor, for then that which re- 
ins may be extra&ed from the body, and the 
jure will follow without ufing any other Reme* 

. But it will beotherwife, if the extra&ed 
fitter be not placed in a right place; whatfoever 
atbc,it caufeth hurt, and diminiftieth not the in- 
s « iculated matter. Wherefore it were to be 

m lilted, that it might be extraaed from the body 
lDf ( man, without labor or pain, without making 
vj incifion, comhufiion, or opening thereof : It 
^therefore efpecially to be noted, that the fame 
, tonight to be done by the virtue of the Magnes, 
/il; which attraaeth all bewitched matter to it felfc) 
ne-iich as is Oak-leaves, Celandine, Azoth* and 
hpwder of Coral ; which if any one of them be 
duc y himfielf bound andfaftned about the Centre, 
ay, 11 24 hours it will extraa from the body all fuch 
ide litter, as by any fuch means t>f Witchcraft is 
toojiculated therein. 

he I (hall only add this one thing, which is a ccm- 
oreion faying , ufed by many to lay, I am an enemy 


90 Paracelfas of, &c. 

to, and hate fuch Witches and Sorcerersjwhcr 
fore I am fure they cannot hurt me : And thi< : 
firmly believed by iuch kindeof faichlefs and 
norant men, that thofe Witches and Sorci 
that they hate , can do them no hurt ; but 
fuch as they love, and give fomthingto, * 
this is falfe: for whofoever they are that arc'd* 

enemies, do alfo give them thereby ah occaUp 
to ufe hatred and enmity towards them ♦ 1 

from that Spring at laft arifes the Perfecytio 

A _ 1 * . 

according to the manner, power, a 


of the enemies. But if we would refilt t..« 
that they cannot hurt us, we mutt do it by Paid 
for that confirms and ftrengthens all things, a 
feth up, and caftech down, and performethi 
things. ' 


The end of OcchH ‘Thilofofhy , 0/ParaceIfus, 



c t y Paracelsus 
the Myfteries of the Signes 
of the Zodiack : 

,ang the Magnetical and Sympa- 
thetical Cure of Difeafes, as they 


:ai viiirc 01 lyiiwuo, «o 
are appropriated under the 
Twelve Signes ruling the parts 
of the Body. 


The Prologue. 

T is without doubt, that 
many will be much ra- 
vifbed with admirati- 
on, when they fee thefe 
my Writings brought 
into the light , beeaufc 
of the admirable ef- 
fe&s & vertues which 
in Metals, being fir# rightly and 


jjs The Trologi 

duly prepared with the hind and art 
which among many people, are held am 
accounted to be fuperftitious and wick 

• 1 f /t m 

operations, and againft nature 5 that the!*? 
are idolatrous operations , and that r erl< 

• « r 1 'TV - JT 1 mrn 

fible, that Metals being engraven upoS 
only with Chara&ers, Letters and Words, 1310 

lhould have any fuch power, unlefs the 111311 

were prepared through the Graft and A - 
fiftance of the Devil i To theft we An eac 
fwer, I hear you give Credit to them, and ? J 
do believe that they have power andvipP 
tue, being prepared by the help of the Dp j 
vil, and do operate through him 5 And? 
are you not able alfo to believe that God, y 
who is the Creator of the whole WorM JJJ 
Nature, hath as much power in Heaven, jP 
and alfo that he giveth power and virtue 
to thofe operations in Metals , Herbs, ,j 
Roots, Stones, and fuch like things ' Bu! [i( ~ 
in your judgment you feem to make tin 5^ 
Devil more wife and powerful, than thi^ 
only Omnipotent Lord God, who of l%c 
great Mercy, hath Created all Metals, 
Herbs, Roots, Stones , and all things$ t(V 
whatfoever, that live, or more, in, 3^ 
upon the Earth, Water and Air , and hatlj CC( 



— — ^ j -- # — • w 

help of the Devil is ufed to bring them 
perfediion. They fay. How can ft bepo|!jj e 


The Trologue. 93 

1® iidued them with their (everal degrees of 
? ni iirtue, for the benefit and ufe of mankind : 
alfo mod cercain,and approved by ex- 
perience evidently. That the Changes and 
1 Cl Mutations of time, have great and power- 
ful ftrength and operation 5 and that 
: ^’chiefly in Metals, which are made in a cer- 
fain determinate time, as itismanifeft to 
finany, and very well known to us by fun- 
.^dry experiences. No man likewife can 




leach that Metals are dead fubftances, or 
iowantlife^ feeing their oy Is, fait, ful« 
phur,and quinteflence are the greatcft Pre- 
Pfcrvatives, and have the greateft ftrengdi 
rjind virtue to reftore and prefcrve the life 
■of man, before all other Simples, as we 

Jail teach in all our Remedies afligned 
^thereunto : Certainly if they had not life, 
, ven ' how could they help Difeafes,and reftore 
l ®ihe decayed Members of the Body,by put* 
r l"! ling life, and ftirringup corporal vegeca- 
f lion In them i as in Contra<ftures , thd 
r 31 Stone, Small pox, Dropfie, Falling* fick* 
. iiefs,Phrenzy, Gout, and feveral other 
^DifeafeSjWhich for brevities fake I omit to 
^toentioo. Therefore I fay, That Metals, 
^Stones, Roots, Herbs, and all other Fruits 
» °^ave life in them, though of divers kinds, 
.according to their Creation and growth, 
m & H and 


P4- The Trologue. 

and the due obfervation ot the time con 
tingent thereunto. For the times havithe 
in them Angular power and virtue 3 whicljirif 
manifeftly appeareth, and may be prove But 
by fundry Arguments, which we (hall 4 ] C 
here produce, fince they are To commonllll a 
known. For it is not our intent heretLet 


treat of things that are fo cleerly known 
but of more weighty and undifeernedfc 
crets, which to fence feem contrary. 

Chara&ers, Letters, and Signes,^ 
have feveral virtues and operations, 
wherewith alfo the nature of Metals, duke.,, 
condition of Heaven, and the influence of ivei 
the Planets, with their operations, and the 
fignifications and proprieties of Cha» 
racers, Signes, and Letters, and the ob*„„ 
fervation of the times, do concur and sgraiderl 
together. Who can objed that thefe Signs ould 
and Seals have not their virtue and opera- wh 
lions, one for infirmities in the head, being tm, 
prepared in his time 5 another for thirds 
fight 5 another for gravel in the Reins andtes y 
Stone, but every one is to be prepa* ar th 
red in his own proper time, and helpetfirrt 
fuch and fuch infirmities, and no other 5 as fill 
drink is to betaken within the body, and ^os 
not otherwifg * but all this is to be dominy 
by means, by the help and afliftance of therms 

Father den 

The Trologue. p$ 

havither of all Medicines, our Lord Jefus 
hicljirift, our only Savior. 
ovtlBut if any one {hall objedf, that Words 
11 ncjdChara&ers have no virtue $ and fay as 
onlili as others, That they are of no more 
ictLer than a bare Mark, or naked Croft 
wii|[$igne 5 Alfo, that s^ X iw ^ 3 hath no 
d ft lore power in the Greek tongue, than in 
it German, but only lignifies the death, 
d'fja Serpent, or fome fuch thing * Let him 
►ns j ill me, who believeth fuch things, from 
, tlie knee it comes to pafs. That Serpents in, 
:eo('fW<i, or Smvia , do under ftand thefe 
1 the Iretk words, Q(U, e(ija 3 ofti • fince the 
^h2» ireek tongue is not fo vulgar in thofe 
oh entries , that vsnemous worms fhould 
greetderftand ic, or in time learn it ? How 
igns odd they come to underftand them, or 
►era- what Univerfitie have they learned 
eing cm, that as foon as ever they hear thefe 
the ords, they will immediately flop their 
and res with their tayles, that they may not 
epa'arthem again i For no fooner do they 
?ctk ar thefe words, but immediately they 
5 n ftiil, contrary to their natures, not huf- 
and^or offering to bite or caft any venomc 
oneiny man $ and afterwards if they hear 
the? man to approach towards them, they 
'her denly fly into their holes. If thou d oft 

H 2 fay 



9 <5 T he Prologue. 

fay that nature doth effeft this, it is tlilofe 
fame which I did exped thou fliouldclrin 
anfwer : but if Nature worketh this upon'ifs i 
Serpent, why doth fhe not the fame amonar fr 
alloiher Creatures * But if you fhoul Sc 
fay. That the noifeof the mans voice emcaf 
fe&eth ir, and that thereby the Serpeiird 
are terrified and ftupified $ or that it png 
done by any power in the man 5 why thJfried 
do they not in the fame manner lie fits fe. 
when a man maketh a far greater noife, e|row 
ther crying out, or difchargeth a Gun, 0 wo y 
the like i k 

Characters and Seals have likewifeii Bui 
them wonderful virtue, which is notatal ,Dth: 
contrary to nature, nor fuperftitious : A iwh 
fo, if you fay that words are of no efied ffer ; 
but as the bare voice of men $ I fay on tile Gi 
contrary, if you write the fame wordsiifdt 
Parchment, or Paper, in a feleCted timi ex 
and put it upon a Serpent that is taken, fcwc 
what manner you will, he will remain aphe 
lie ftill, as if you had fpoken the faisfigl 
words. ke 

Neither is it any wonder,tbat Mediciij* fts 
can help men not taken into the bo<P,p 
but only hanged about the neck as Scaljthc 
For it is common to the Bladder wnpr 
Cantharides, That it turneth his Uti 

1 The Trologue. 97 

fl ro Blood * that holdeth Cantharides 
; tlilofe in bis band, the Bladder holding the 
ldc Irine 3 and containing it that it cannot 
30n ufs out of the Body, the hand being held 
non ar from the Body. 

iou| Some Creatures do retain the fame vir- 
:e else after they ate dead, as I prove by the 
peafird called the Kings Fijher, whofe skin 
it ting taken off from his carcafe, and being 
thefried, and hanged up upon a nail, will caft 
e ftilis feathers many years,and new ones will 
e ( low again 3 and that not only for one or 
i, <po yeers, but many yeers one after ano* 

But if you further enquire^ out of what 
mthor or Writer I read of thefe virtue?, 

: Ajnvhere I learned fuch experience j I an* 
»M?er you Sophiflers and Contemners of 
>n tie Gifts of God, that very Nature her 
d$i|lfdemonftrated before your eyes, doth 
tiif excel all the Authors and Writers of 
:n,i|e world. I pray tell me which of your 
nafdiors or Writers taught the Bear, when 
fai light is dimmed by reafon of the abun- 
lince and fuperfluity of his blood, to go 
icip flail of Bees, which by their flinging 
pierce his skin, and caufe an effuflon 
calihhefuperfluous blood i What Phyli* 
wim preferibed the herb Dittany to be me- 
Uti H 3 dicine 



95 7 tie 'Prologue. 

cine for the Hart f or who taught the Se 
pent the virtue of Briony and Drag 


wort who taught the Dog to take Gr#P e _ c 

for his GordiaJ and Purge ? And wliM 
prefcribed the fait Sea-water to the Scoi lcat ‘ 
for a Clyfter ? Did you teach this knotty 
ledge to them *r or do not they teach you » hcr 
The fame might I fpeakof infinite otht !{ivc 
Animals, that know naturally the Curec>h erc 
their own Difeafes. What I Have tH 1 
Bruit-beafts taught the Medicinal Art ^ ln< 
If you fay, It’s a Natural inftin&, and 
Nature teacheth them, fo fay I too. Jfchi 
Nature hath infufed fomuch reafoninti^ 
Bruit-beafts, how much more fhoul( 1{ras 
men learn thereby, who are made accof ^ 
ding to the Image of God, the CreatoroF 5 
all things 5 and are indued with reaf# en * 
from God, to confider and contemp!}i! r ®^ 
fuch things i ' * lider 

A lfo to fay that things outwardly - r 

1;^ — •-«- • Jen 

plied, and not fubftantially entring inn 
the body, cannot Cure any Difeafes, i KCU 
falfe s 1 For the Sun,which giveth us ligP°j 
warmth, fpkndor, and infufeth life inn lrc P 
all things, penetrated! into the moft a* si! 
cult and dole Manfious of the Earth 5 ai^ 
doth yivifie and quicken all things thatl lutl 
isnder she carth s even to * ' * iul 

v i 



The \ 1 'rologue . 99 

^ For who can deny that in Springtime, 
Specially, the Sun penetrateth into the 
W jM fecret places of the earth, giving 
jjieatand warmth thereunto, when it (hines 
K)#ly u P on c ^ c upper part thereof i From 
/ou lhence the roots of all things therein re- 
j^lciyejuyce, ftrcngth, and life? and why 
jrejlicrefore may not the fplendor of Nature, 
e ind the influences of the Heavens, Stars, 
^( Planets, and other means which we ufe to 
[ t i,|xira< 5 fc out of Metals, Herbs, Stones, and 
ich like things, give their virtue into the 
int( ji)odies of men, and penetrate into the in- 
l0ll |L and private members thereof i as into 
rfNervs, Veins, and other internal De* 
oJt&s lurking in the flefh and blood of 
jjjJacn, and have been there a long time 
owing. Difeafes, Infirmities, and Ac- 
cidents, are divers 5 fo likewife are the 
/ Several Cures thereof to be oppofed to 
ijlem according to their qualities* ifl their 
, jieculiar dayes and times : Againft which 
jijjjlfo, Metals do beft of all help 5 being 
jircpared and ufcd in due time and means : 

^ Jsif I (hould undertake to Cure the Le- 
L Jrofie with Gold * what (hould hinder 
at |W that an Oyl made thereof may Cure it 
r Jflln<aioD* Alfo, if I (hould anoint the 
|Wl Pox with Oyl of Mercury, do you 
f' ; H 4 think 

i o o The 'Prologue. 

think I am able to Cure them with this 
Mercury' without doubt 5 cfpecialiy if( 
obferve a fitting time for this purpofe, 
without which laft means, all anointings 
are in vain, although the fick were bathed 
in Oyl of Mercury : But in fuch Difeafes 
where the Mercurial medicines are not fuf. 
jicient, we ought then to ufe other reme 
dies : which unlefs I fhould do, having; 
due refpeft to the obfervation of time, no 
only the Un&ions, and all labor befides, 
will be vain and fruitlefs, but they will 
bring the Patient into a worfe condition! 
for it is moft certain, that Difeafes cometo 
men for the moft part from the poweranii 
influences of the Stars upon the bodies of 
men, yet not fo fuddenly that the fame can 
prefently be perceived, like a ftripe, or the 
Falling ficknefs. But they do encreafe in 
procefs of time by little and little as it were 
a diftillation, as oyl caufeth water to wax 
far by drops falling into it. A man mayaf 
fo perceive his own defers, by the fhrink« 
)ng or decaying of his Members, lofs of 
Appe ite to meat and drink, pain, a 4 
cording to the condition and propertyol 
every Difeafe, the operations of the Start 
$nd the accidents by the Air, prepared am 
attra$ed upon u§. v > 

h . PARA 




if l 

: me. 
► not 

Para gelsus 


Of the Myfteries of the Signes 
of the Zodiack : 

ss of 
i can 
r the 
ft it 

Being the Magnetical and Sympa- 
thetical Cure of Difeafes, as they 
are appropriated under the 
Twelve Signes ruling the parts 
of the Body. 

C H A P. I. 

Of the Common fjriefs of the Head 0 

i RA 

iwHe Common Difeafes and Pains 
1 of the Head are various: Some 
proceed from our own proper 
petulancy, through the excefs 
of meat and drink; others come 
^ ^ from evil vapors afeending from 

the Stomach to the Head, and they proceed from 


102. Paracelfus of 

feveral Caufes, which in this place we intend 
not to treat of ; but only of the more 
Difeafes of the Head, which follow. 

Chap. II. 

Of the Falling-Evil '• 

T He firft thing to be taken notice of in this 
Difeafe, is the figns of the Falling; whe- 
ther they happen at certain equal times, months, 
dayes, and hours, and how often ; or whether 
they be unequal, happening at clivers times j and 
whether a little before they fail, the Patients do 
uie to fhake and flagger a little, or whether they 
fal{ to the ground fuddenly,and unawares:which 
being perceived, if they fall at certain times and 
hours , then the Difeaie doth not take them fo 
fuddenly; neither do they prefently fall. But if 
it come at unequal times and hours, the contra- 
ry will be feen to happen j to wit, the failing 
eomes upon them unawares. The firft kind, to 
wit, when there is a little fhaking and daggering 
before the fall, is mortal: But if they perceive 
the fail before it come, the Difeafe is accounted 
not to be fo dangerous, but more Curable ; which 1 1 
proceedeth not from Nature, as the firft 5 nor is 
not common therewith, wherfore ir lefs weaken- 
eth s The firft brings Phrenfie,and Madnefs ; but 
the ocher is a falling Difeafe. The Cure ofthefe, 
is thus 5 













m 2 












,elejtial JVLedicmes . 105 

Pirft, Confider in what day, and what hour he 
Fell the laft time, and wdte it : then fee what 
Planet rules that hour ; alio the fign and degree 
of the Patient are to be known. 

Then the yeers of the Patient are to be num- 
bred, and his Sex, which alio keep noted in wri- 
ting ; thcn give this Medicine every day in the 
morning to drink ; which folio wes, 

I V of the Spirit of Vitriol, Quinteffence of An- 
timony, each 5 drops. Quinteffence of 
* Tearle , 4 drops. 

Give all thefe in the morning to the Patient 
to drink in a little draught of Rofe-water , and 
let him faft four hours afterwards : Let him ufe 
this proceeding by the fpace of 2 9 dayes ; and in 
the mean rime, prepare the Lamen following , 
made after this mariner, 


Pc of pure Gold, | fs. and when the Moon 
comes to the 1 2 degree of Cancer, then lignifie 
the Gold in an Earthen-pot , and then let it be 
poured out into pure clean water. Afterwards 
mark when there comes a Conjunction of two 
Planets in the Heavens, and at that time precife- 
iy melt again this Gold, and in the point of the 
Conjun$jon, poure in § fs. of the moft perfe& 
f and fin e D , that there may be an equal mixture 
of the o and b . When this matter is poured our, 
and cold, make it into a Plate, that it maybe 
four fingers bredth on both fides; then cut it in- 
to the form of a triangle , as appears in this figure, 
\ \ f ' • Heat® 





104. Paracelfus of 

Heat this Z4. 
men very hot 
in the fire, and 
then let it reft 
until you find 
the iJMoon in 
the lame ligne 
& degree that 
(he was in at 
the time of the 
coming of the 
laft fit before ; 
and in the fame hour, carve and ingrave thefe 
Signs and Chara<fters,beginning with the Letters 
as they are fet uppermoft , in the Lmen of Gold 
and Silver, And you muft make hafte, that the 
Figures and Marks be all made and finifhed in 
the fame hour, or elfe all your labor is in vain, 
The figne of the Planet of the hour in which the 
Fit of the Difeafe fell, is firft to be engraven in 
the middle of the Lament as you may fee it is in 
this foregoing Figure, which was made for James 
Seitz,) Biftiop of Salisburgh, now living ; who fell 
in the hour of 5 : Make the reft of the Signes as 
you fee in the Figure, only this excepted, that for 
a Woinan, inftead thereof you fhall put this Cha- 
racter : and under the other the Age 
of the Patient, as in the Figure you 
fhall fee 34, fo many yeers old was 
the laid James Seitz, Therefore the 
number of yeers is to be written to 
every Difeafe according to the Age 
of the Tffie 
























Celellial Medicines. 105 

The Figure being now prepared according to 
the dire&ions ; after a Fit cometh, command 
that his Hair be (haven off from the Crown of 
his Head, according to the Latitude of theL*- 
men : Then prefently where he fell and lieth, 
with art and induftry pour feme of the Secret be- 
fore preferibed into his mouth, and fo hold him 
that it may defeend into his Stomach; then 
forthwith apply the Lamen to the place (haven, 
fo that the Sculpture may touch the naked flefh, 
and let it be bound on that it fall not off; which 
being done, let the Patient be carried to fome 
place where he may quietly deep. And after that 
Fall, without doubt he will never Fall more, al- 
though he hath had the Difeafe 3 o yeers^ : But 
let him alwayes wear the Lenten about hisneck, 
and (have his Hair at every Months end, in the 
fame place where they were firft (haven. 

Chap. Ill* 

Some other Figures to Preferve the Sight* 

M Ake thee a round Lamen of the beftLead 
in the hour of the » being in the Signe 

T, and in the fame hour; to wit, in the hour 
of % engrave the Signes and Letters which you 
fee written in the following Figure : Afterwards 
in the hour of ^ make a Coffer Lamen of the 
fame Quantity and Form as the Leaden one; 
when D is in the figne 'VP, the Characters which 


|i SI 


io 6 Paracellus of 

you fee in the Figure, are to be And 

then both Figures are to be kept $p^8lrved 
folong until £ comes into Conjun^ionwith l : 
and then in the point of the Conjun&ion both 
the Figures are to be conjoyned together fo, that 
the Chara&ers and Signes may mutually touch 
one another ; then clofe them faft with Wax, that 
they receive no moifture, and few them up in a 
piece of Silk, and hang it about the Neck of the 
Patient on the day and hour of £. This is the 
bed Remedy to recover the Sight of the Eyes, 
and to preferve the Eyes from Pain and Difeafes. 
It preferveth the Sight in old Age, as perfe£ as 
it wasJpyouth. 

To Preferve the Sight . 

0 : 



T? : 
s a 


Chap. IV. 

Drinefs in the Brainy and other 
Vifeafes in the Head . 

T A K E of the following Metals, well de- 

Of < Jold , 5 fs. Of Silvery Z ii. - Of Copptr, Z i. 
Of Tynne-y § iit. 

Let them be all melted together in the point 
of the new Moon ; then pour them our, and of 
that Mafs make a piece of Plate of what Latitude 
you will : After that thefe Metals have been 
melted together, they muft not be put into the 
fire any more. When the Planet is in his own 
Houfe , to wit, in x, let thefe Chara&ers and 
Signes be engraven in the inner-fide of the Mo- 
ney, and in the back-fide of the Money let thofe 
words be written which you fee in the follow- 
ing Figure, in the fuperior part of the Circumfe- 
rence of the Money : then let there be made a 
King of pare Gold, and affixed thereunto when 
the Moon is declining, for it to be hanged by : 
^matters not in what day the Ring be made, fo 
that it be done in the hour of o. This Money 
being thus prepared, let it be hanged about the 
Neck of the Patient in the point of the new 


io8 Paracelfus of 

Moon, It is of wonderful operation againft all 
Difeafes of the Head, and Brain, 

Tor Vifeafes of the Brain* 


it i 


nes. ioj? 


itf-dittf the Valfey , a mojl excellent Secret. 

pOr the Confolatien ofthofe that are afflicted 
r with the Fits of the Pa if y, to wiice a Re- 
medy thereof, that not without canfe,i< my be 
ailed my Archidox, feeing it txcelleth ad other 
Cores : Although i> me Ancients hat e thought 

(but faliely) that this Difeafe is incurSbie.T he re- 
fore if any one be in any manner taken with thig 
Diieafe, let him thus do, 

(Re of pure Gold-, $ d. cf Leady Z ii* 


Both thefe Metals ought to be moft purely re- 
fined And firft, when the Sun fees, going under 
the Earth, in the fame hour (which yon (hall cal- 
culate according to-the t ime of the yearjmelr the 
Goldin a new Earthen meliing-pof, made and 
prepared for this purpofe. Which being er ne, 
immediately after the Sun is fet, call the Lead in- 
to the Gold, and forthwi:h pnur them cut toge- 
ther, for the Lead will be diffolved by the Gold 
ina moment : Keep this Mats. Afterwards when 
5 is in the 1 2 degree of the figne -ft, melt again 
this matter of © ardb> and it will appear like 
Bell-metal 5 to which adde 3 drams of $ : but let 
it not be long in melting , but pour it out, and 
keep it. Thenwheih D comes into the 1 2 degree 

I of 

of tn, melt this matter again, and caft into it one 
dram of y,& prefently pour it out; hut ca(t it in. 
to a broad form,becaufe it admits not of any im- 
predion neither of the Hammer or Sciffers.Then 
keep it till o enters into the figne r, which 

commonly happens 

jigainft the Palfejr, every yecr on the 

to day of March: 
Then engrave the 
Characters with the 
Signes and Words 
on both fides as you 
fee them drawn in 
this Figure, and be- 
gin to engrave them 
in the hour of o, 
and finiflh them be- 
fore the end of that 
hour. It needs not 
be obferved what 
day the fame be 
done, only this, that 
o be in r, as is a- 
bovefaid. The Mo- 
ney being thus pre- 
pared, is to be kept ; 
And when the Pal- 
fey taketh any one , 

, , .... , . letthetime,day,and 

hourbe diligently enquired of the beginning of 
the D'leife ;ind the lame hour of that day, let 
the Signe be hanged about his Neck. This is a 
great Myftcry : but in the mean time let the 
Aurum Potabile of our defeription be admini- 

flred to the Patient. cnar. 




























Chap. VI* 

r . / ;V ■ * ^ 

t/fgainjl' the Stone And Sand in the Reins* 

} * • '• 1 ■' *"« • ■* 

" • v _•* s Jtf: 

npHc Money igaintt the Stone , cqnfifts ot 
X 4 Metals : to * ir, of Qold/Sii ver/T y nne 5 
and Lead : As foilowcth. 

HBm'I * i ‘ * **■* 

IV of Gold* 5 iii. of Silvery 3 Hi. of fynr.Cy" i a 
of Lend, 3 i. is. 


Let all thefe Metals be melted, together in a 
new Melting-pot for Gold* on Saturday at i o of 
the Clock before noon, u incrcafing ; which be- 
ing melted, cad in Saltpeter mixed with Tartar, 
for this caufe only , to make them the more 
tradable, and eafie to be molten. ar.d wrought 
upon. Afterwards, let them be poured out and 
caft into the form of a Lamen , and let jt be cut, 
and policed, and filed in the hour of ^ and day 
of J ; but as yet, let nothing be engraven there- 
on. Alfo, the Ring is not to be forged, that it 
come not into the fire any more after the mel- 
ting, but is to be formed with a Tile : wherefore 
the Lamen is to be poured our, and caft the larger 
and broader, that the Ring and Lamen may be 
both one piece. And if it can be, let the La* 
men be fo poured out after the melting, that by 
the mixture of clivers Metals,' efpecially of the 
Lead and Tynne, the brittle matter may evade i 

I a and 

If If Iji 


;t|Ht if • | 

Jklfj: > 


•ii> S 


in Paracelfus of 

and the fubftance remain hard, that it may not 
be wrought with the Hammer, nor cut with Seif, 
fers. This being done, then look for the Moon • 
and in the point of the New Moon , then begin 
the Sculpture i and make hafte, that one fide of 
the Lumen may be finifhed in that hour, which is 
marked with the Letter A . Afterwards, let this 
Money be fafely kept until lome day of y , when 
D is in Afpc& with feme good Planet, as ty, 5, or 
g ; then let the Words andChara&ers be engra- 
ven on the other-fide, marked with A, in the hour 
of 2 , as you fee them in the following Figure. 
Then let the Lamen be hanged about the Neck 
of the Patient that hath the Stone, when the 
Moon is decreafed,on the day and hour of V. The 
Ring ought to be made of Iron, to which th e La- 
wen is hanged. Let the Patient alfo drink Wine 
every morning, wherein the faid Seal hath been 
fteeped all night, and afterwards hang it about 
his Neck again. This doth wonderfully expel 
theStone,and Sand or Gravel out of the Reins; 
for which thing alfo Spirit cf Roman Vitriol is 
good to drink. 

For the Stone itt the Reins , 







Chap. VII., 

Of the ^Members of Generation, 

M ■* »' t •;’*/ * „ . £ -J J ' » ' ’ * i •’ 

T He lofs of Strength and Virtue in the Mem- 
bers of Generation, is a certain Sympathy 
proceeding from grofs Fatnefs, which as a cer- 
tain Spafma impedites the power of the Mem- 
bers of that ]place. Thii happens by divers ac- 
cidents; iome whereof are natural, others are 
againft nature, by Witchcraft. FortheR-medy 
of the natural Paflion, we uie this remedy s Let 
thefe Word?, with the Chara 3 ers adjoyned, be 
written in new Parchment, which afterwards is 
to be bound about the nut of the yard. 

AvGALIRIOR cFt'Kl’Xig.hifc 

This Writing in Parchment ought to be re- 
newed every day by the i'pace of 9 dayes,before 
Snn-rifing every morning, by binding it, or 
fowling it with the Writing backwards about 
the Prepure, and there let it remain night and 
day ; and as often as you renew the Parchment, 
or change it, let the old-one, which you take off, 
be burnt to afhes, and let the Patient drink it in 
a draught of warm wine. This is a moll excel- 
G I 3 lent 


I j 6 Paracellus of 

]him for a Halter, without a Bit. The Leather' 
I>rdT r ought to prepare this Skin in the hour 
©t V, that r, then to put it into his Pit; which 
being >o piepared, let the Sadler cut the Thongj 
of ic in rhe hour of o, «id afterwards make it 
into a Bijle when yon will. To this Bridle is 
to be affixed the Lme»s following in the hour 
of § upon the Tnong of the Head, made of 


iv he 

S.U. R. Q.L.R.E, 

Upon the Then?, 
0 / going down from 
® the Fore-head to 

'■» the Hole, let there 

be affixed thefe which follow, made of Copper 
in the hour of D* 

- 1 t i 


y t <?• a. y.T, w. S E h E. 

The following Lainens ought- to be made 
of Silver; in the hour of ¥ ; And affixed to the 
Bridle ih the hour of y. 

Z. $$ 

A.K -R.X.X.XXX. 

Thefe which are 

lift, ought to be 

tiiade of Gold, 

and affixed to 

the Bridle in the 

hour of $, $.9. 
• * « /• • « 

JT * And apply this Bridle to rbe Hr jrfe in the 
boiirof i, then youiliall fee with what power 


-* ? 








0 V 










ICr , [tare worketh in Words and Characters , 
m w [iere time is duly observed. 

ich ! : / 

: it 
: of 

Chap. IX. 

An admirable Oyr. ment for Wounds. 














9 » 


r er 


QTmpathy, or Compaffior, hath a very great 
power to operate in humane things : As if 
you take Mofs that grower h upon a Scull, or 
Bone of a dead body that hath lain in the Air, 
to wit. 

Take of that ii. of Man's (freafef% ii. 

of Mummy ^ and Man's Blood , each § fs, 
Linfted-Oyl i Z ii.' OjlctRfesy and 
Bole-Armoniac^ each 5 *• 

Let them be all beat together in a Morter fo 
long, until they come to a tnoft pure and fubtil 
Oyntment ; then keep it in a Box. And when a- 
ny wound happens, dip a Hick of wood in the 
blood^hat it may be bloody : which being dryed, 
thrud it quite into the aforefaid Oyntment, and 
leave it therein ; afterwards binde up the wound 
with a new Linen Rowler, every morning wafh- 
ing it with the Patients own Urine ; and it (hall 
be heated, be it never fo great, without any Plai- 
fter, or Pain. After this manner, yon may Cure 
any one that is wounded, though he be ten miles 
diftant from you, if you nave but his blood. 


» - j 

It helpeth alfo other griefs, ts the pain in t| 
Teeth and other hurts, if you have a flick wttj 
the Blood, andthruft into the Oyntment, «<’ 
there left. Alfo, if a Horfes foot be pricie 
with a mil by a Farrier or Smith, touch a flid 
with the blood, and thruft it int j the Box o 
Oyntment, and leave it there, it will Cure him, 
Thefe are the wonderful Gifts of God, given for 
the ufe and health of man. 

Chap, X, 

The Wctyon-OjHtmtnt, 




T Here may alfo an Oyntment be made, whew* k 
with if the Weapons be anointed ( where* Dyl 
with a wound is infli&ed) theftid wounds M iei 
be cured without pain.This is made as the other, 8 
except only ? i. of Honey, and 5 i. of Ox-fat is 
to be added to this. But becanfe the Weapon* 
cannot alwayes be had, the Wood aforefaid is to 


Chap. XI. 


Againfk the <jout, 

'Akc of Mummy , Mafiichjt Red Myrrhe f 
Ohbanum , Ammoniactmy Oppopay 
naX)Bdelittm y ztch Z ii. Vitriol^ ii. 

Tartar, $i.fs. 

vit£, gal. iii. 

Let them be all Diftilled together into an OyL 
,'hcn take little Flyes, fuch as are bred in the 
bdCarcafo of Horfes, and make an Oyl of 
hem, being well bruifed. With which Oyl of 
p<, lie Horfe-flies, mix \ ii. with 5 iv . of the other 
e- Dyls Thefe two pyls being well mixed toge« 
all iher, let them be Diftilled again, and let this 
Diftilled Oyl be preferved. 

Then prepare the Charters, in manner foi- 


of pure Cold , pure Silver , filings of Iron , 
each Z i. of Lead y Z ii. 

Let them be all melted together in the hour of 
the New Moon^ by a very ftrong fire, that the 
Wings of the Iron may be melted. For they will 
hardly melt, wherefore fome Bora* is to be added 

io them. Then let all the melted matter e 


poured out together upon a broad iinooth ft 0 & 
that it may make a thin Lumen: for it cannot b 
wrought with the Hammer afterwards, becaul® 
ot the Iron ‘. afterwards, when b is in Conjund 1 
on with <J, in the fame hour let the Cnara&ers 
Words, and Signes of the Lumen be engrave 
thereupon, like two damps of a piece of Money 
and let them be ftniftied in that hour. J 








>per ! 


Let both the faid pieces of Money be engra- 
ven only on one fide, in the hour of the faid con* 
jun&ion of b and d; and let them be lo, kept, that 
they touch not one another. 

Afterwards let there be made a Sigilot pure 
Gold, not fo thick as the other Lamen : when 2 is 
in Conjundion with b or <£, let the Charaders, 
Signes, and Words be engraven thereon. But 
note , that the Seals are to be conjoyned to- 
gether when there is a Conjundion of 2 and 
It t The fecond face of the Golden Seal, mark- 

with the number a, is to be turned tgainfi the 

a m . 1 j • • 

501 graven face of the fuperiof Seal which hath 
ccau !)cthe Image of a man, and is marked with the 

inter 4. But if $ be in Conjun&ion with 
® ers enthe lecond face of the Seal marked with the 
’? e ®ber a, is to be turned upon the face of the 
3ne y jper Seal, which hath engraven upon it the 
age of a man, and k marked with the number 
And when d comes to the 6 degree of & in 
1 fame order as is before fhown, let the pieces 
1 Money be both joyned together, the Gold 
too placed in the middle. Let them be all 
ired with one hole through the middle, and 
bed together with an Iron-wyer, and let the 
itient hang them about his neck. And let his 
embers be anointed with the Oyl before pre* 
ibed : hereby you (hall try the powerful ope- 
lions of Nature, even in fuch as are <5oyccrs 

The Pitture of Golden LMonejr for 
the Gout, 

in Paracelfus of 

u - / ' f - y 

Sjmpathttieal Oyntment againft 
the (fern. 

Let the Blood of the Patient affli&ed wit 
the Gout, be reserved : And that you may knot 
how to ufe it, Diftil a Water from it in Bak 

/ A 

Take hereof vi?. to which adde, of Ojhi, bi 
RoftSy Venice Sofe y each?fs. of vanned 
Greafiy Bears Creafe y jujee of Sengrm de a 
each | ii Matron of an Ox 9 1 fs, ir, It 


let the® be all gently feoyled in a veffel oiina 
Brafs,till they come to the thicknefs of an Oyni le, it 
ment $ continually iUrring it, left it burn : Af (folk 
ter wards upon the eighth day of the Moon's t n 

creafing, let the Soles of the Feet of the Paften 

be pricked with an inftrument, as it ufes to bi 
done in Applications for the Winde : and th< 
place grieved being in this^ manner opened , lei 
them be anointed with this Oyntment v ery hot. Let i 
that it may penetrate. And by fo doing 9 week?) ?ntm< 
he (bail be Cured deer of the Gout* Jit the 

This Oyntment will laft^ ioyecrsin itsfelw w 
force and virtue, being kept in a cold place* f day e 

ib. I 










Ch a p« XII» 

Againft Contraftures; 

D VI of Sulphur againft^ Contra$ur« and 
(hrinking of Sinews* is not to be content* 
0;/ id, but rather to be efteemed as a principal 
Mm' ttnedy againlt fitch infirmities. This Oyl is 
grannie as followeth : Take of the beft Sul* 
r, tb xv. Sublime it in a Gucurbite of Earth 
lough a Glals Limbeck. Put the lublimed nm- 
fel oi in a cool Cellar to difolve, and in fuccefs of 
Qynt ic, it will be rcfolved into an Gyl. Then make 
Af {following Compofition. 

'$ m 

aden ik of Oyl of Sulphur^ % ii. BUck^S o4p, | iii, 
to bl Aquavit^ | v, Oyl Olive , Oyl of Rofes , 
d thi each, 5 1 . 

I, It 

y hot. Let all thefe be boy led, as the other, unto ats 
recks fntment for the Gout j alwayes having a care 
it the flame take it not : Let the Members be 
well anointed with this Unguent for 
dayes- caufing the Patient to fweat in a dr; 
;b. It excellently helps contra&ed Member?, 


A Seal for Contraftures, 


rake what quantity youpleafe of Gold thrice 
ificdf by Antimony $cr if you will, the weight 


■ ! 

;• iw v 



of a Ducat. Adde to it a itt'e Bor& y and me! 
it when X> is in the i?or 10 degree of y»*; an< 
caft into it, as foon a it is molten, 50 grains 0 
the fi lings of ? under the fame hour. Which be 
ing melted and mixt togerhe *, pour them out to 
gether, and let tihcril fo rertmn until j> is in th< 
fame degree of tn : Then nrtelt it again, and cafl 

a M I /• v m ^ m 2 <f 

in 30 grains of the filings of Iron, and pour 

out again as at firlt. Then keep it till D is in Si 
and then form and fafhion it fit for the Scmpturejtim 
which ought to be done in the hour of You thy 
need not any further calculate according to th< the 
CourfeofD, till the Seal come* to be applied] fon 
having only refpedf to the hour beforehand, lei wh 
the Signes which you fee here drawn in the Fi- int< 
gure, be engraven on both fides of the Money red 
Thi' Money mult be fewed up in a fine Cloth j life 
and is to be hanged about the Neck by the Cloth an 
only, and not by its own body, in the day and de; 
hour of 5 encrcafing. for 

For Mures, 













Ch aF< 



Celeflial Medicines, 125 

Chap. XIII. 

For Womens Terms, 

r ii A N inordinate Flux of this Difeafe, doth ex- 
S\, [\ tremely grieve many Women , fome- 
tjrc times divers years : by fo much the more heal- 
foi thy and ftrong fuch women are, by how much they have their Courfes in their ordinary fea- 
iedj fens, and are then delivered from them. From 
lei whence arifes a twofold way of reducing them 
Fi into due order. The firft is, to flay the Flux, and 
tey ; reduce it into a due courfe : the latter is to be 
ithjufed in the defeas thereof, to provoke them to 
loth an ordinary Flux : thedefeaof them bringeth 
tnd death ; wherefore to provoke them, let there be 
formed of pure Copper, without mixture of any 
other metal, a Seal in the hour of 2, as is in the 
following Figure: But if the fame cannot be 
perfeaiy^fimfhed in that hour, let it then re- 
main unperfe£l until the fame hour of 2 cotiies 
again, and then perfea it 1 The form whereof 
be this. 



116 Paracelfus of 

c.. . J 

For the LMenJlrutl 






This Sigil ought to be formed with a File into 
one piece , and is to be bound with a firing up- 
on the Back of the woman through two Rin^ 
applying it at the beginning of the Back-bone 
upon the Teftes* laying the Sculpture upon the 
neih, and that in the hour of j). 

But if Nature fuffer through too much abun- 
dant Fluxes^ let the Chara&ers be engraven in 
pure Silver in the hour of ©, on both Tides of 
the Money, as they are drawn in the following 
Figure. Then let them be wrapped and fewed 
up in filk, ( for it murt not be applied to the na- 
ked flefh) and let it be bound upon the Navel 
u' C turn iug that face next her body 

which is marked with the number i o. And af- 
terwards when the Flux begins to flay, let her 


1 11 

Celefiial Medicines. 


wear it 3 o dayes,and then take it off : for if (he 
wear it any longer, there is danger left they be 
quite driven away and flopped ; and fo came a 
greater hurt than the firft. 

For the Menftru<z* 


u8 Paracelfus of 

Leprous perfons have none in them ; by reafon 
whereof alio it comes to pafs, that they have no 
health in them : alio, a congealed Member wan- 
teth Balfom ; and therefore it is infenfible when 
the ilrength of the Gold comes into the Sto- 
mack, which afterwards diftributeth it into the 
feveral Members of the Body; from thence re- 

fulteth a certain humi* 

and < 
in J h 
the hi 

this S. 



F or the Leprofie, 

dity which ingendereth 
the Balfom ; wherefore 
theLeprofie ceafeth to 
increaie^fo long as there 
is any virtue or hrength 
of the Gold in the Sto- 
mach. Alio, a Phyfitiaii 
cannot know or diicern 
the Diieafe of Lepro^ 
he, if the Leprous per- 
fon hath drunk Gold 
three dayes before his 
viiitation. We intend 
not to fpeak in this 
place of fuch as are ma- 
nifeftly infefted,but on- 
ly of fuch whofe £>if- 
eafe is doubtful. 

If any do ufe the Si* 
gil above written , and 
fuch like Remedies, let 
them not doubt of help. Let this kinde of Sigil 
be made of pure Gold, and wrought into a La- 
men in the hour of b ; but the Cha rafters ought 

to be ingraven in the hour of when is in 



ke a 
ore tl 
vil o. 
ight i 
rofs t 
us D 
In tl 
Wo on i 
ier PI 




Celejlial cS? VLedicines . izp 

and ° in the fame lign ; which ufuaily happens 
m jtify. Let it be hanged about the Leper in 
the hour of J, the Moon increaling : Let the Pa- 
tient alfo drink Wine, wherein the fame Sigil 
hath been fome time fteeped. 

It ought to be renewed every year in July y for 
this Sigil lofeth its force in a year. 

. The Leprolie working fo ftrongly in the body 
[• of man, wherein it fixeth root. 



his fth 
:nd p 
:his : 





Chap. XV. 
For the Vertigo* 

^JAny who do labour with this difeafe, the 

Heaven and Earth feems to them to turn 
ike a wheel, and all things to run round. To 
hers there feems a kinde of a Circle to flie be- 
fore their eyes. This is a kinde of the Faliing- 
:vil or Palfie more or lei's. For there is fuch a 
'onvulfion of the Brain , that the Spirits of the 
ght and the Brain, are impedited by a certain 
ofs thick vapour afcending from the Stomach 
nhe head, through the optick Nerves. Againft 
Sis Difeafe make the Sigil which follows. 

In the hout of Mars , and day of Jupiter^ the 
Woon in Aries^ which is the beft AfpeSt of Mars • 
fee that (he hath no evil Afpe& from any o- 
ier Planet. 

K ? The 

no Paracelfus of 

Take of O 5 fs. of <3 3 ii. ofsBv.' 

Let thefe 3 Metals be purely refined and mel 
ted together into one. Let them be poured out 
and wrought into a very thin Lamen, and formed 
with a little Ear ; afterwards when the Moon is 
in the 12 degree of Taurw y engrave the Signes 
which follow, and apply it to the Patient m the 
hour of the New Moon , on the very point that 


it firft beginneth. 

Ufe this Remedy with the Seal ; 

Be of Organum grains 4 * Of Unicorn s-horn , 
grains 2. Mhs hj grain 1. Sprit 

Vitriol , grains 6. 

Let them be adminiftred every morning in a 
fpoon, about 3 a Clock after mid-night, continu- 
ing it 1 3 dayes ; and after every time taking it, 
reft one hour. 

the \ 
on \ 
to bi 

for the Vertigo • 









Celefiial Medicines. 131 

Chap. XVI. 

For th e C rAm b 

\ JAke a mixture of Sol, Luna, Vevnu , and 
jVX Mars ; and let it be wrought into a La- 
men, d thereof make a Sigii when the Sun is 
under the Earth, in the hour of Satume . And 
then in the hour of Juptter engrave thefe Cha- 
racters and Signes with the words in the hour of 
the Sun ; and apply it in the hour of the Sun 
it °f when he is under the earth. 

You may alfo make a Ring of the faid Metals, 
on which engrave the fame Signes, and wear the 
Ring on the finger of the Heart ; but this ought 
to be done in the time, day, and hour before pre- 

Chap, XVII. 

For the trembling, of the Heart. 

T He Hearts of men do fomtimes fuffer trem- 
bling, efpecially of Robles and great 
men 5 for feldotn doth this Pifeafe take poor 
and mean men or women. From whence may 
be feen how God Almighty hath fo artificially 
^ K 4 #95 

Paracclfus of 

- diftributed paflions to every ftate and Conditi- 
on for their corre&ion and admonition, without 
refpe&of perfons. It is not to be numbered 
amon^ft eafie Difeafes : for where it begins to 
rule, it cafts the Patient upon the earth, and be- 
reavethhim of ftrength and fenfe, andiomtimes 
of life. It rileth from the Membranes and re- 
ceptacles wherein the Heart is involved , it be- 
ing compreifed with corrupt and ill Flegm. A- 
gainft this, make a Sigil as follows? obferving the 
due times. ' * 

Firft, in the day and hour of D, take of d | fs. 
which put and keep in a melting-pot until the 
hour of the Sun , which is the 4 hour following 
in the order of unequal hours ; then melt it with 
the fire, and the B being melted, cafi in two 
©unces of G> purely refined, as the d ought to be s 
thefe two Metals being well melted and mixt 
together, leave them to cdol in the Melting-pot 
by themielves, and keep them till the hour of 
Venm next following : then melt them again, and 
caft in two drams of pure $,and pour it out; then 
work it into a Lumen with a Hammer, 8 c prepare 
it ready for the engraving of the Signes : then 
mark when the Moon vn&Venm behold one ano- 
ther with a good Afpe<5l: ; then engrave upon the 
M(oney thefe two Signes which you fee here. 







let t 







6 © 

] e, 




























. Jlial cfMedtcines. 13 $ 

Afterwards in the point of the New Moon en- 
grave thefe three Chara&ers following under the 
other two. 

Let it reft from that New Moon ijntill the next 
full Moon^ and in the point of that Full Moon 
in the fame face of the Money overall the Sigues 
let thefe following words be wricten. 

42 £ 


L Lm "" " O 



Tlt O 7^7? , 

This being done, mark when the Sun enters 
heo ; and in thefame hour of his ingreftion, in- 
feribe the Characters and Words you fee in the 
other figure, on the other-fide of the [Money 5 
and let them all be begun and ended the fame 
hour. ‘ 

This Sigil being thus prepared and finiftied, is 
to be hanged about the Patients Neck in the 

i hour 

Paracelfus of 

hour and point of the Fall Moon , that it may 
touch his naked flefh upon his Heart. 

Againft this trembling of the Heart, there is al- 
fo a mo ft excellent fee ret ; our Aumm Potabile y 
and Quinteflence of Pearl, of our defer ip tion^ 
alfo oyl of Coral prepared as followeth. 

The manner of Preparing Oyl of Coral 
againft the trembling of the 



R: of (foralffo i. Of Common Salty 
manip, 3. 

Let them be wrought into a moft fine powder, 
and put it into a Glals ftrongly Luted according 
to the lequent defeription: Take common Clay, 
or Potters white Clay, afhes made of the bones 
of the heads of four-footed Beafts ? filings of 
Iron, Glafs in powder, common Salt, Cerufe, 
&c, which being wet, mingle them together, 
put the luted Glafs with the matter into Afhes 
contained in an Iron Kettle^ according to art; 
kindle firft a gentle fire, and wereafe it by de- 
grees until the Spirit and Fumes dopafs into a 
VefTel below ; then increafe the fire more vehe- 
mently, until there remainethnomore moifture* 
This Oyl is a moft excellent Remedy for the 
trembling ©f the Heart, taken alone by ic felf ? 
( without any thing elfe added to it* 

r Am 

An Apfendtx concerning Ruptures of 
the Bones, 

In what manner foever Bones are broken, they 
are excellently well knit and confolidated, with 
the following Unguent , and are all orderly 

ft Of Honey l «. Of Antimony, and Oy l of 
Vitriol 'S ii. Of Badgers Greafe , Veers Sewet ♦ 
Bears Greafe,and Sope, each 5 i. Turpentine $ MS. 

Let them be boyled into an Oyntment , . and 
therewith let the Ruptures be anointed with a 
hot hand againft the fire ; it wonderfully Cures, 
Heals, and Confolidates, above all other. 

• The Second 


The Myfteries of the Signes 

Of the 

z 0 <D I A C 

Heaven is compared about 
with a large Circle in a Circuit 
which we call the Zodiack, and 
is divided into Twelve equal 
parts : thefe are named with 
the Names, and Designated 
with the Chara&ers which follow ; 

T sAriti 


CelejlUl Medicines''. 13 j 






it Leo; 
ttp Virgo. 
& Libra. 

1 1 1 Sagittary. 

; I V? Capricorn* 

I S» Aquary. 

x Piices.- 

The Seal of T is made of the following 


Be $ | fs* o 3 ii# ® Z U 2 3 

Thefe Metals, in the day, hour, and very point 
wherein the Sun enters the firft degree of Artes y 
which for the moft part happens the tenth day 
of Marche or thereabouts ) are all to be melted 
together with a very ftrong violent fire 5 but firft 
the Iron is to be reduced into filings, or elfe it 
will not be melted. They being all melted and 
prepared, on the day of d, D being in the 9 or 
to degree of esfries , or thereabouts, which is 
once every month : in the fame hour it ought to 
be finifhed ; but is to be applied when Mars 
1 $ in the plinth Houle of Heaven* or the Eight* 

zA rksl 


This Seal Is a nfroft 
certain Experiment 
to Cure all Fluxes 
and Cathartes de- 
fending from the 
Head upon the 
Brain, &c. For it 
purgeth the Brain, 
and drieth up all 
Flegm of the Head, 
and all Difeafes 
which appertain to 
the Head ; it amen- 
deth all Maladies 
thereof,being worn 
night and day, the 
Signeof Aries be- 
ing turned next the 

of 7 

by a 
be f 
in c! 




















Celejlial <£\£edicines, iw 

Tfo Seal of Taurus £ <?/ the 

^Metals following* 

KOfz 5*1. D/y ^ ©/£ §fc 0/ 

© 1 ii. 

They are all to be mixed together by melting 
them, the S tin being in ‘Taurus , which every 
yeer happens about the eighth day of April. And 
in the very point of the Sms ingrefs into this 
(igne, this Seal mnft be begun, and forthwith 
finiftied , or elfe the whole work will be fru- 
ftrate. And when the Moots is in the i o degree 
of Taurus , it is to be applied. 

For the expedition of this work, there may be 
engraven fome ftamps of Iron firft, wherewith 
the Seal may be coined after it is melted, vyhere- 
by all the Signes and Words are quickly imprin- 
ted. So all the other Seals may be done : for 
oftentimes the hour flips away before they can 
be finilhed, and then happens thegreateft detri- 
ment to this work. Wherefore the time is 
chiefly to be noted, as having the greateft power 
in theie operations. 


Paracelfus of 


The Nature and 
Property of this 
Sigil, giveth amoft 
excellent Remedy 
to them who have 
loft their Genera- 
tive Virtue : if it be 
fo hanged that it 
may touch the Na- 
vel 9 the Sign Tau- 
rus being turned 
next the flelh and 
the body* it giveth 
the beft help to 
men or women* 

The Seal of Gemini, 

Be of Gold and Silver, of each 3 L 

Let them be both melted together the Sm 
ent ring the Signe Gemini ; which happens, about 
the i o or 1 1 day of LMay , According to the 
courfe of the yeer, Wherefore the yeer wherein 







the ' 
to b 
ft an 
of C 
is cc 
to cl 

Celeflial aSMedicines. 14.1 

the Sigil is to be made, you muft firft calculate : 
There are two Lantern to be made out of the 
mixture of the aforefaid Metals, whereupon the 
Signes are to be engraven as they are ported in 
the following Figures, when the Moon is in the 
figne of Leo or Pifces : but the Seal being per- 
eded, is to be applied at fuch time when 5 is in 
le firll Houfe of Heaven 1 the air gentle, milde, 
nd ferene. That facecf the Money that hath 
le figne m, is to be turned towards, and worn 
upon the naked skin : both the faid Lament are 
obe connexed together with a Circle made of 
he lame matter, almofta fingers breadth to be 
funder in the middle , that they may not touch 
one another , with thefe faces, or Tides, that are 
without fignes : for there mull be fo great fi- 
ance between them, that, there may be a Pipe 
interpofed, that may receive a Goofe- quill full 
of Quickfilver, and afterwards to be (lopped 
with Madick: it mull alfo contain a Pipe of Me- 
tal, which mutt hold the Quill : when the work 
is completed, let the Quick-filver be poured in- 
to the Quill, the day and hour of <JAUrcnrf$\z 
Moon decreafingi 

The red was defired in a German example, 
even the (Irength and virtue of this kind of Sigil, 
or which it is made : but that ?ve may not here 
raduce you, until perhaps hereafter by iome ex- 
rnples it may be made known ; we will not feign 
my thing of our felve?,which might agree there- 
with. In the mean time, if any have fo great a 
defire to know the power and virtue thereof, 
that they cannot flay in expectation of ir, feck 

L to 



U) f 

ft , • V; 



f 1 

i±i Paracelfus of 

to the mod approved Authors in Aflr6no« 
my, what are the Virtues of Gemini-, in pro- 

ducing Difeafes and other things: And then at 

laft, according to the procefs of the preceding 
and following Signes, maturely judge, 


of th 
)e w 
he I 



TheSigil of this Signe is made of moftpure 
Silver, in that hour when Sol enters the figne 
Cancer-, ( which ufes to be about the i o or 1 1 
day of June ) but when the Moon is in a good 
Afpe&, and not affli&ed by any evil Planet, 
thefe Figures mud be engraven in the hour of 
the Moon when (he is increasing: in the fame 
hour they muft be begun, and finiflaed ; ox eile 
the whole labor is in vain, 



:he f 
inn < 
r e£le 
tn i 

Celeflial Medicines, i 


This Seal muft be applied in the day and hour 
of the Moon*) (lie decreafing ; and is to be kept 
and worn very Clean* The Virtue thereof cau- 
leth happy journeys : it is very profitable to 
>e worn againft the Dropfie, and all Defe&s of 
the Body proceeding from moifiure, or fuperflu- 
t bus Flegm. 







: of 


This Sigil of Leo is to be made with great di- 
igence in July only, when the San is in his own 
fioufe, to wit, £<?<?, about the 1 3 or 14 day of 
the fame Month. It is to be made of pure Gold, 
aielted and wrought into a Ltmen^ when the 
inn enters the firft degree of the Signe, and per- 
e£ted before the end of the hour. Afterwards 
vhen Jupiter is in 4 Pifces , the Signes are tobe in* 
pven on one fide thereof, as they are in the 
irft Figure : And the other fide is to be engra- 
cn when the Moon is in the Houle of Jupiter ■* 
hat is, in Pi fees. And note, that after the mel- 
bg of the Seal, it muft not be put again into the 
ire, elle all things are in vain. 

I 2 Leo* 

144 Paracellus of 

. ypjy* 








Let it be applied in the day and hour of the 
Sun. It hath a moft excellent virtue : it caufetb 
great Favours to men and women that wear it : 
It is aver/ good Remedy againit Quartain Fea- 
vers. The Liquor is alfo good to be drunk, 
wherein it hath been infufed ; all night. It is 
efpecially approved againit Pcltilenceand all in- 
ward inferior) ; and againit all Dil'eafes in the 
Eyes coming from heat, and from all other evil 
Heats and Rheums which we call flying Hu* 
tnors. It is good alio againft Burnings, the Seal 
being applied upon the place , certainly and 
fiirely draweth out the fire This way we cured 
the wife of one Mr. Nicholas Barber our Coun- 
try-man, dwelling at a place called Vtllach in 
Ttanfylvania ; who had a very great Burning, 
which we Cured, and drew out the burning fo, 
that the burned place was healed without any 
fore, or running Matter, only by applying iuch a 
Sigil ; which fhe wore upon the place until the 
end of the Cure, 


Celeflial Medicines. 145 


The Seal of V irjv 
is made of $ 5 i. 
Of G 5 fs. Of 

D 0 ii. V' % fe, 

Thefe Metals 
ought to be all 
melted together 
on Sunday about 
the 1 3 or 14 day 
of the Sun ’s in- 
grefs into J/tr'go : 
And after they are 
melted, to be re- 
duced into a thin 
Lamen: afterward* 
ii the hour of 
Mercury , when 
M.rcury is well 
Afpe&ed of the 
other Planets; let 
the Names and 
Chara&ers be en- 
graven upon the 
L<men , fo, that 
they may be finished in the lame hour. 

Let it be applied when Mercury h in the firft 
Houfe of Heaven , the air being clear and lc- 
rene, ( for then it is much better) and in the 
hour of Mercury , for then he ruleth the firft 
Hopfe of Heaven ; but if it cannot be, refer :t to 
an hour of like nature ? although the hour of 
Mercury is bell, L 5 Libra, 


i lii 



Paracclfus of 


This Sigil is to be made of pure $,and to be 
melted , poured out and made when the Sun 
enters Libra, which fomtimes happens on Sun- 
day the 1 3 or 1 4 of September , according to the 
progrefs of the yeer : And this is to be noted, 
That when Venus is the ruling Planet, or Referva- 
tor of the yeer, the Sigil will be of much more 
virtue, efpecially if thofewear it, who were 
born under the fame Planet ; and if it be made 
and prepared for them. When 2 is in the figu 
Libra, the Signes, Charafters,and Words which 
you fee in the following Figure, are to be engra- 
ven in the Seal ; afterwards in the day and hour 
of Venus, in the firft or eighth hour, which Venus 
governs, let it be applied. 




Q/Oper t; 


■ft±Gdoe & tit 

— jnL ~ % z^x 








It is an admirable Remedy againft all Be- 
witchings of Women, which hinder the ad of 
generation, and elpecially in thofe whom they 
hate; In brief, this Sigil is mcft profitable and 


Celejlial Medicines. 47 

excellent againft all Maladies whatsoever ; efpe- 
cially all griefs of the Secret Members. 













* 1 - 

The Seal of Scorpio muft be made of pure Iron 
in the day and hour of Mars, when the Sun en- 
ters Scorpio , which happens about the 1 a, i 
or 14 day of October : And in the fame hour let 
one fide of the hamen be engraven with his Cha- 
racters. Afterwards, when the Sun is entered 
into Aries, let the other fide be engraven. It may 
be applied at any time when you will. 



It isamoft excellent Remedy againft all Poy- 
fon and Difeafes thereby infeCted. It is excel- 
lent and admirable for Souldicrs, Captains, and 
filch as are in daily Controverfies s Alfo, if fuch 
tn Animal as follows be made of pure Iron , 
when Mars is Lord of the yeer, and the Sun en- 
ters the firft degree of Scorpio ; afterwards when 

L 4 

Paracelfus of 

(JKars is in his own Houfe in Aries , let it be en- 
graven as follows. Then let it be applied in the 
hour of Mars : the Houfe wherein it is hanged, it 
defendeth fafe from all Scorpions ; and all Ser- 
pents that are alive will fUe out of it : it is a 
moll excellent Remedy againlt all venemous hi* 
tings: mightily helreth Souldiers in Fights: 
and is very good againft the Leprofie to be worn, 
and the Patient to drink potable Gold. 

Let it be engraven as this Figure, 



Let there be afRxed a Ring of pure Gold tq 
the Tayle thereof, that it may be worn hanging 
about the Neck with the Head downwards. It 
js a certain Remedy to drive away all Flies from 
the Bed where it is hanged. 


This Sigil is to be made in the hour of the 
«ST«#jingrefs into Sagittary ( which annually hap- 
pens on the 1 2 or 1 3 day of November ) on tne 
firft degree of the ingreffion : let it be figned in 
the hour of Jupiter^ and applied in the fame 


icmes. 14 ^ 

hour, the Moon encreafirg. This is the fecond 
Seal, chat I knew after long fearch and enquiry ; 
and which, according to the Arc that I profefs, I 
have often uled to the flhame and icorn of my 
Adversaries, that they have hood amazed like 
Affes, and durft not open their mouths. There 
muft be a fiiver Ring to hang it in, and it muft be 
made of pure 

Tynne, without §agittavj f 

addition of any 
other Metal; and 
to be wore and 
kept very clean : 

But it muft be 
left off in the 
time of Copula- 
tion , or elle it 
lofeth its virtue. 

We are again 
forced to com- 
plain of envious 
and perfidious 
men, who envy- 
ing that in o- 
thers , which 
they have not 
themfeivs, leave 
nothing perfe$; 
that it may the 
fecond time ap- 
pear in this 
Book, that their Strength and power is taken a; 
way, as above is done cpncerning the figne Ge- 
mini ; 

i^o Paracelfus of 

mini ; By the Protection of the fame Au- 
thor, in this Chapter, when he faith, That this is 
the fecond Seal which he efteemed to be moft 
powerful in the Medicinal Art, The envious 
therefore labor in vain ; for whether they will or 
no,he will bring into light every thing that they 
have taken away out of the Books of Theophra- 
fliu Paracelfus . For that Author before his death 
did prudently inclofethofe Books in divers pla- 
ces in Walls 5 fo that if after his death,they were 
loft in one place, they might be preferved in a- 
nother, for^ood men; left that if any fhould 
come to the envious hands of wicked men, 
fhould be perpetually loft, or torn in pieces. 
Hereby they were preferved for us whole , that 
in due time the lives of wicked men, loving no- 
thing but themfelves,may appear out of darknefs* 





EMlhl ' 


Vrttus. Siid\ 

&-Q -6 

tf-coit 7\iV 

Now we come to treat of Saturn and his pro- 
geny : this Seal is to be made of Gold ; for Lead 
hath no operation with other Metals.There muft 

Celejlial ’^Medicines. 151 

be made a Ring of Copper; and together with 
the Seal, are both to be made in the hour when 
the Sm enters Capricorn , and is fartheft diftant 
from us 5 Let the Seal be engraven on. the day 
and hour of Saturn , and when Saturn is in a good 
Afpe& with fome other Planet. It muft be ap-? 
plied when the Moon is decreasing or diminished 
in light: but the hour of the Afpe&y whether it be 
of the Moon or any other Planer, matters not. 
This Seal may vulgarly be called the Sigil of Fa- 
vor. This Seal throughly heals the Itch or Scurff 
in the Thighes : Our Psedeceffors could not by 
Art finde out the Cure of this Difeafe, accounting 
it uncureable ; when as this is the beft way to 
Cure it, without any other means. 


When the Sun enters oAquary in the Month 
of January yt t the Seal be made in the fame hour, 
of thefe Metals, being mixt and melted together : 

of cold % fs. Um 3 il. Of Iron, 3 "l. And when 


1 51 Paracelfus of 

the Planet Saturn is in the Ninth Houfeof Hea- 
ven, let thefe Signes and Words be quickly en- 
graven one after another ; you (hall not apply it 
till xhtSun is under the Earth, and in the hour 
cf Saturn ; and then it is good, being hanged a- 
bout the Neck, againft Contra&ures, coldDif- 
eafes, and Sinewes flirunk : it is very profitable 
to preiervc the Memory , to get Favors amongft 
men, and very good againft all Poyfon, as may 
be proved by putting any venemous Spider upon 
the Sigil ; it forthwith flieth away, and caijnot 
poffibly remain upon it. 


The Seal cf Ft fees is to be made in j February, 
when the Sun enters Vi fees , of the following 

Be of Gold , Iron y foppery Silvery of each 
Z ii. Of Tynne § fs. 

Let them be ail melted together, and the Seal 



• % 

Celeftial <i 5 \ / fedicines m 15 ^ 

formed and engraven the fame hour of the Suns 
ingrefs ; afterwards let it be applied when Ju- 
' fiter is well placed in the eighth houfe of heaven 
and in the day and hour of Jupiter. This is an 
: admirab le inftrument to loofe and expel Choler, 

of which do grow many grievous Difeafes, as 
Contra6lures,thePalfie,ftirinking of the Joynts, 
: Burnings, &c, again!* which it oives wonderful 

help to men or women : it mitigateth the pain 
of the Gout, takes away the Cramp, and all 
Griefs proceeding from Fluxes. 

This Seal ought to hang down low upon the 


I i 

ll fi 

1 02 ^ 0 ' 

Here follovpes fome more Com - 
wo» Secrets of SPfature, of 

^Aving found a Con jun&ion of Sa- 
turn and Mars , take a piece of 
Iron, and frame a Moufe of it, 
before the Conjunction paffjyth 
over : and in the hour of Jupiter^ 
engrave upon the Belly of the 
Moufe thefe words : ALBOMATATOX* 
Afterwards, when the Moon is in the 9 or 1 o 
degree of £a*cer , on the right fide engrave 
Aft erwards > the Moon defending, 
and is in the 9 or 1 o degree of the figne Tifces % 
on the left fide engrave as followeth : artJWiV, 
and vro° n the Back thereof, from the beginning 
of the Back-bone unto the Tayle, engrave this 
word, with the Chara&er as vou 
fee T O + NATURA SUA. 

Note that from the figne of Ve- 
nus unto the Centre of the other 
Charader , a Line is to be drawn 
over-thwart. Then prepare a 
Collary for this Moufe, of pure Lead, the Moon 


CeleJUal Medicines . 155 

increasing, on the day of Saturn, and ftrfrfiour of 
the night, which is the hour of Saturn; and en- 
grave thereon thei'e Chara&ers, I L Con. 3, 
AB. E\ta. This being thus performed, fit the 
Coilary in the Conjunction of Saturn with 
Mars as abovefaid,and place it about the Centre 
or middle of the Houfe, all kinds of Mice wiJJJ 
flie away that are in the houfe : and if afterwards 
any Moufe come therein, he will not flay there 
an hour. And if any quick Moufe be bound with 
a thred to this Metallick Moufe, he will not live 
above an hour, but will die, and iwell, as if he 
had eaten Poyfon. 

Of Sheep, 

That we may not cnly have fome means to 
drive away and expel hurtful Creatures, but alfo 
that we may preferve the profitable ; When 
Sheep are Corrupted with their Diieafes, make a 
Sheep of Mudd as followeth : 

Take Mudd , or Totters f'lay, from three fever a l 
places, much about the place where you live • %/ilfo, 
take Sand of a running Water about that place where 
for the mofi part Sheep drmky, beat them all together 
when the Moon decreafes : and of this Clay make 
the Image of a Sheeps turner that hour wherein the 
yi }6n fujfe?s her diminution: fuperferibe thefe fol- 
lowing Signs with the Wcrrds here and there upon the 



Paracelfus of 

] a G E R E L. '•vuco n 


ya’jpwh. Sanor* 

*4*fc-rf Set this Sheep in the Sheep-fold 
fprinkled over with Salt, and let 
the living Sheep lick it : And as many as lick it, 
or tafte of this Salt, (hail not be infeSed, not : die 
with any Murrain or Rot of Sheep : And o 
that are infeSed, by licking thereof, (hall be 

° The" fame means may be prepared for Oxen, 
Kine and Ho t7 s ; and other Animals ; every one 
bein?, prepared according to their natures day, 
and time. Oxen and Kine have a Dileafe m 
their Blood, which cauleth the Murrain m them ; 
as Horles fomtitnes fuffer iudden death 5 irou ^ 
a Difeafe in the Uvu la.Vot the Blood,write upon 

an Egg new laid, ; Ambrammom ; 5 




Open the Mouth of the Bead, and break the 
Egg upon his Tongue, and force him to (wallow 













\T < 

Cdejlial ^Medicines. 157 

it and ic will' forthwith heal it $ but let him not 

drink in twelve hours afterwards. . 

The fame is to be given to a Horle :onely this 
excepted, thatinfteadof this Word and sign, 
Ambrmmmisi and the Crofs abovei let there 
be writ this Word and Sign , K#pr 
familon , and then let him Iwallow 
it : afterwards give him a meafure of 
Oats with Salt and Vineger, and af- 
tetwars he (hall be cured in twelve 
: prcfently after he hath eaten the 
Oats , tide him an hour or two , that he may 
fweat • then let him reft. Thefe are the lecrets 
of Nature, which are effe&edby times , dayes 
and hoursjand without the obfervation of thefe* 
hotbing can be effected. 

3 » 



Again ft Flyes, 




Thefe Creatures do milch infeft merfs houfes 
in Summer-time, and do corrupt andputrifie 
meat : to drive them away, do thusjmake a Cof- 
fin of fteel , and upon the Coffin engrave thefe 
Signs which you fee in the Figure following. 


: And upon the Coffin , from the reparation of 
the (aid Signs and Words, let there be engraven 
three lines tending towards the Cufpt one in the 
new Moon, the fecond in the full Moon, and tne 
t M third 

ijiS ParAcelfus of \ &c. 

third in the new Moon again. Afterwardsyiinder 
the Conjun&ion of b and the D, write the words 
; and figns following. 

If you fix this upon the Wall of an Houfe, 
and draw a Circle round about it with Chalk, x- 
bout the compafs of a round Table, aj Flycs 
that are thereabouts will enter within the Cir- 
cle, and there remain, until you take the Steel a- 
way : and then they will flie away, vexing men as 
at firft. "* ' 












2 » 

An Election of time to be ob- 
ferved in the tranfrnutation of 

I F at aay time you (hall defire to tranf- 
mute and chaoge any Metal into ano- 
ther kinde, as Gold into Silver , or rather 
Silver into Gold, or any other Metal % it 
is neceflkry , that you learn to ele& a fie 
time for chat purpofe out of the Table 
following * whereby you (hail eafily, 
fooner* and without danger bring your 
Vyork to your defired end. 


A Table (hewing the fit time 
when to tranfmute Metals. 

To change 

Into O. 

0 v 

f d \ 





Begin when the 
Moon is in the 
fixth Degree of ^ 







Alwayes begin 
in the hour of 
that planet 
whofe Metal 
yon would 










Twenty Degrees 







O 1 










s Tir(l Degree of 




















In twelve De~ 






grees of 









V— ■ 

9 . 

Ninth Degree of 


in the Hour of 

2 J 











Eighteenth De- 
gree of 



The Hour of 











1 © 







The third De m 
gree of 


tn 1 

Hour of 










Take this one Example only, and fo work 
by the reft : as, if you would change Lwtt 
into Sol, begin when the MH’flissn fix De- 
grees of Cdnctr , in the Hour of the Uton 5 
and foobferveof the reft, according to 
this Table : for the obfervation of the 
time is not to be held of a vain account m 
the tranfmutation of Metals ; f ^ ,ll n ® g0 ; 
nations and aftions in this world ate moft 
happily brought «o perfe&ion , which are 

begun with lie refpea to the Courfe and 

influences of the Bodies , for our 

mortal Bodies are ruled according to the I 
operations of the fupcriour Bodies of the 
Firmament , and they are ordained for 
that purpofc by Almighty God the Crea- 
tor $ and do bring unto us 5 both health, 
ficknefs, infirmities,and health again : and 
in like manner the times are to be noted 
and duly obferved in Medicinal Opera- 
tions , that their virtues may work the 
more powerful efFe&$. 













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